Sheffield Tigers can claw their way back tonight

Sheffield speedway - Tigers can come back from the brink
Sheffield speedway - Tigers can come back from the brink

Tigers boss Damien Bates has sent a defiant ‘we can do it’ message to fans ahead of tonight’s League Cup clash between Sheffield and Glasgow at Owlerton (7.30).

Bates, joint owner of Sheffield for two seasons, is desperate to bring home silverware, but they start tonight’s semi-final second leg 14-points down.

They’re also without Simon Stead, Ashley Birks and Andre Compton with new signing Paco Castagna delayed for a week. Bates said: “We can still do this - the riders have to believe in themselves. We’ve booked a great replacement for Simon in Brady Kurtz who is consistently one of the best riders around. It’s certainly better to have him in our team rather than against us: we know what damage he’s caused to us in the past with Somerset! I’m also pleased to have Thomas Jorgensen in for Andre. Big boots to fill because we know what a powerhouse performer Andre is, but he will give it his all. Glasgow are a good side but there is no reason why we can’t turn this around and we need the support of our fantastic fans.

“I’m really encouraged by how the fans have stayed with us during the tough times we have been through this season.”

Former Sheffield man Ricky Wells, now of Workington, stands in for Nick Morris in the Glasgow side with rider replacement covering for David Howe.

Nike Lunna and Richard Lawson, another former Sheffield rider, are lined up for the reserve berths.

SHEFFIELD: Brady Kurtz, Ashley Birks R/R, David Bellego, Thomas Jorgensen, Jason Garrity, Arthur Sissis, Josh Bates.

GLASGOW: Ricky Wells, James Sarjeant, Aaron Summers, David Howe R/R, Richard Lawson, Nike Lunna, Richard Hall.