Poole Pirates speedway manager attacked by dog

Poole Pirates team manager Neil Middleditch is in hospital after being attacked by a dog.

The speedway boss has had one operation on his hand and faces a second on Friday while he could spend another night in hospital after the incident.

Middleditch, 56, was absent for Poole's 46-46 draw with Birmingham Brummies on Thursday night.

Pirates promoter Matt Ford told BBC Radio Solent that Middelditch was recovering well in hospital.

Middleditch himself wrote on Twitter:  "Got attacked by a dog #notgood".

He became Poole Pirates team manager in 1999 and in 2011 steered the side to the Elite League and Cup double.