Bacon blow for Bears
The Redcar Agilia Bears received the upsetting news yesterday that Tom Bacon has broken the L4 Vertebrae in his back as a result of a crash he had during the Championship Fours in Peterborough last week.
Tom missed the Agilia Bears trip to Somerset last Wednesday but returned for their clash at home against Leicester on Friday, scoring 4 points. However, Tom complained of severe pain whilst racing and subsequently went to hospital to get checked over. It was there that he was dealt the devastating news.
Tom now faces a lengthy spell on the injury list as he will have a back brace fitted which is to be worn for 4-6 weeks. This will rule Tom out for most of the season, leaving Promoters Jitendra Duffill and Jade Mudgway little choice other than to seek a replacement.
Duffill said, ‘Jade and I are absolutely gutted for Tom and this is rotten luck for him. Tom was a vital member of our squad and he will be a big miss. He has been a model professional and a pleasure to work with. We are now seeking a replacement and Bears fans can expect a new rider to join our side next week, who will be announced on Wednesday.’
The Bears were defeated by 8 points at Leicester last night, narrowly missing out on a league point with a battling display after losing guest Broc Nicol to injury early in the meeting. Broc was knocked off by Josh Bates in Heat 3 and suffered a severe concussion as well as injuries to his shoulder and ankle.
Redcar will be holding a joint collection for Tom and Broc during their next home fixture this Tuesday, when the Bears face Glasgow in the 2nd round of the KO Cup. We would like to wish both riders well and a swift recovery.