Tigers owe their fans a win and a ‘big performance’


Skipper Simon Stead is back to boost Sheffield ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Berwick (7.45).

Stead has been on the sidelines twice in an injury ravaged season and has just spent a fortnight off with hand and shoulder damage.

But he’s had intensive physio in the build-up to tonight and has declared himself ready to return.

He said: “It’s horrible being injured but I feel OK. I am desperate to lead the boys again, it’s a huge meeting for us if we are to make anything of the season.”

The team have been struggling and the Berwick meeting is one they cannot afford to lose. Stead said: “We know it hasn’t been good enough. We are on a terrible run of form and are desperate to put that right. Berwick are another good side and we’re going to have to be on top of our game to beat them. The management have shuffled around the riding order so hopefully that can make a difference. We need the whole team to step up. We owe the fans a big performance.”

Tigers haven’t won a meeting since April 18 when they beat Workington.

Argentinian Facundo Albin lines up at number five in a bold move, with Joe Haines partnering Stead at number two and Ricky Wells joining Richard Hall in the middle order.

The Bandits are led by Elite League star Edward Kennett, a man virtually guaranteed a place in Great Britain’s 2013 World Cup side, and look like they’ll prove another huge test for the Owlerton side.

n We would like to apologise for a production error in Tuesday’s Tigers’ coverage.