Sheffield Tigers co-boss Eric Boocock has challenged his riders to find some consistency ahead of tomorrow’s play-off quarter-final tie with Newcastle Diamonds at the Owlerton stadium.
Tigers scraped into the end of season competition and now face another stern task against a Newcastle side who have lost just two of their last thirteen fixtures.
Boocock believes quick gating and minimising last places will be key over the two legs.
And he says an impressive home win is needed ahead of Sunday’s trip to Brough Park.
“I’m always honest with my riders and we know it’s a big ask against Newcastle over two legs,” said Boocock.
“To give ourselves a chance, we know we need to pick up a big win at home.
“It’s all down to how the lads perform over the two legs.
“But I would like to think the bonus of more meetings to come would be enough to spur them on.
“When I was younger, I never wanted the season to finish earlier than it had to - everyone wanted as many meetings as they could get in.
“Hopefully that is the case with our lads now and I would like to think they can step it up another notch now the play-offs are here.
“Our lads who’ve been fit will tell you that inconsistency has been our main problem this year.
“One week a rider will score 14 then the next he’ll turn up and score four - there’s been very few occasions where our riders have had two, three or four excellent meetings on the trot and in this Premier League nowadays, that is what is needed because it is just getting tougher and tougher out there.
“As long as our lads can do something like that at this stage of the season when it matters most, then they’ll give themselves a chance.
“We need to brush up on our gating and we need to look to team ride where possible to keep the Newcastle lads behind us.”
Club bosses are urging sporting fans throughout the region to come along and show their support due the city side, who were sixth in the league table.