Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Frustrating, Embarrassing and Hopeless but We'll Have to Do Our Best

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Frustrating, Embarrassing and Hopeless but We'll Have to Do Our Best

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EMBARRASSING and hopeless is how Redcar boss Jitendra Duffill describes tonight's 'mission impossible' at newly crowned league champions Sheffield.

Frustrating is also high on the list of adjectives used as the SG Petch co-promoter struggles to emphasize the amount of time and effort he has put into trying to work around the speedway's restrictive rule-book in an attempt to overcome unprecedented problems caused by a crippling injury list and unavoidable absentees.

DEC 2018 It is believed that the Teessiders will create unwanted history when they turn up at Owlerton with a side completely devoid of their own riders, call made up of six guests and using rider replacement broken wrist victim Charles Wright.

Ben Barker (leg, back and face), Jason Garrity (shoulder), Tobias Busch (neck) and Danny Ayres (illness) are all also out injured, while Jonas B Andersen and Ellis Perks are both out of the country for a match originally washed out and rearranged several times, most recently last Saturday.

If Duffill, who also usually manages the team, thought things couldn't get any worse when he heard that the match had been brought forward to this evening from next Monday, they quickly did as the rule book insists that he must use two National League (lower tier) guests, who will undoubtedly try their hearts out but are unlikely to make massive inroads on the scorecard.

He then got the unwanted news that Glasgow and Peterborough's KO Cup semi-final had been rained off on Tuesday and had also been rearranged for tonight, depriving the Bears of their 'star guest' and former fans favourite Aaron Summers, now captain of the Scottish side, plus a couple of the other riders he had hoped to invite.

And even Duffill himself has been forced to hand the manager's reins to fellow co-promoter Kevin Keay for the night, as his outside business interests make it difficult to guarantee his presence much before the 7. …

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