Tigers’ skipper demands home comfort for Dore support

Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford makes a determined push for the line
Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford makes a determined push for the line

They may not have had the easiest of fixtures first up, but Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford has challenged his side to give home fans something to cheer with a first win of the season against Chester tomorrow.

Having finished sixth last season, Tigers are at the wrong end of the SSE National League Two North table with last weekend’s 29-17 defeat at Sedgley Park. The first two games saw home defeats but back in front of the Dore Moor faithful, Bradford is looking for an improvement.

The skipper said: “We owe it to ourselves to put in a good performance” said Bradford. “We lost both home matches and we need to put down a marker. Last year Dore Park was something of a fortress. We need to do that again and give a performance in front the fans and create a buzz. We’ve had quite hard fixtures so far. The three teams we’ve lost to all finished above us last year. Chester look like pushing on to the top of the league and they will be favourites going into the game.

“But I’m sure the first win is not too far away and when it comes it will be a weight off our mind.”

Bradford is one of a group of new players who moved to Tigers over the summer, as he swapped Doncaster Knights for Dore.

And while accepting the changes may still be taking time to knit, the flanker remains confident the team will turn it around. “We have had a couple of new faces and a lot of players who have not played together before,” he added. “But it creates good competition. There’s myself who’s new, Dom Parson, Josh Redfern, Will Carrington who came from Doncaster, Felix Pearson who came off the bench last weekend and did well. It’s about taking your chance in the team. If you perform well and get a result then the boys will keep their places in the team. We have got a new coaching set up here in Dan Richmond. Everyone is looking to keep building from year to year. Our aim is to push for top four.”

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