Ultimate test awaits Sheffield Tigers

SIimon Stead takes the lead

SIimon Stead takes the lead

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Simon Stead says Sheffield are determined to become the first team to beat the mighty Edinburgh this season when the sides clash at Owlerton tonight (7.45).

The Tigers skipper admits the League Cup tie is beyond his side, but there is pride to be restored and a win would be a massive feather in the cap.

The Monarchs have drawn one and won all other meetings in all competitions so far this season and are regarded as the greatest team in the modern Premier League era going back to the launch in 1997.

Stead said: “We have to focus on winning the meeting and if we can do that it would be a massive boost for us all.

“I think it’s fair to say we have some riders with a point to prove to the management because they are under scrutiny, but they know that so it’s no surprise to them.

“We need to race as a team and see what we can do against them. If we can make a good start then there is no reason why we can’t push them. If we have our set-ups right and hit them early then we will have a chance.

“Hopefully the fans will turn out for us as well, it’s been tough so far this season but the lads are trying their best and we always welcome the support.

“I know the football is on, but that’s going to be on the TV screens as well so it should be a good night for supporters.”

Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Edinburgh have been unstoppable so far this season, breaking records along the way.

“It’s the ultimate test for us and we would take any kind of win against them, but it’s going to take a big effort from the lads.

“We are showing the England game so there is no excuse for fans to miss out on a good night of racing. You can only admire what Edinburgh have achieved so far this season.”

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Taylor Poole, Leigh Lanham, Andre Compton, Ty Proctor, Simon Nielsen, Josh Bates.

EDINBURGH: Craig Cook, Justin Sedgmen, Max Fricke, Derek Sneddon, Sam Masters, Aaron Fox, Steve Worrall.