Speedway: Tigers play down talk of replacing injured Stead

Simon Stead faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Simon Stead faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Tigers boss David Hoggart says the club aren’t in the market to sign a replacement for Simon Stead just yet.

Inspirational skipper Stead is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a broken leg sustained in a training accident at King’s Lynn.

The Owlerton club used Workington man Richard Lawson as a guest over the weekend when they slipped out of the League Cup at the semi-final stage against Newcastle.

Hoggart said: “Workington have been very good to us and have given us permission to use Richard as and when fixtures allow.

“We simply cannot replace Simon in a straight switch.

“He’s irreplaceable from that point of view so we must make best use of the guest facility within the restrictions we have.

“However, if the time comes when we feel that facility is insufficient then we will have to look again, but right now we will study the fixtures, plan ahead and see who can do the job for us.

“I’d like to thank Richard Lawson for standing in for us against Newcastle and I’m sure we’ll be seeing him again.”

Hoggart added: “There’s no point anybody connected with this club standing around feeling sorry for themselves.”

Hoggart has also confirmed Richard Hall suffered a dislocated shoulder in the away meeting with the Diamonds on Sunday.

He said: “His shoulder popped out and the doctor had to put it back in at the track, the boy was in agony.

“It’s a problem which is causing him concern and I suppose it’s a good thing we don’t have a team meeting this Thursday, although we have the Top Gun individual meeting which we are looking forward to.

“We expect to have Adam Roynon in that meeting to give him some more laps after making his comeback from injury. He needs meetings, it’s as simple as that, but I was delighted to see him win a race last Thursday.”