Sheffield Tigers face Glasgow Tigers this week in the first round of the speedway Championship Knockout Cup.
Sheffield Tigers will look to improve on their recent form, having won only three of their last eight events.
Meanwhile, Glasgow Tigers have come into this fixture on better terms, having only lost once in their past five events.
The round is spread over two legs, with the first race being held in Glasgow on Friday, May 10th, and the home leg the following Sunday at Owlerton.
Ahead of what’s being billed as “The Battle of the Tigers”, Sheffield Tigers coach Simon Stead is confident in his side’s abilities in the race.
“I’m always confident, I believe in the seven guys that we’ve got. If I wasn’t confident there would be something wrong at this stage of the season.
“The guys are feeling good and I hope to get something out of the away leg at their place on Friday and then build on that.
“They’ve got out-and-out stars, so it will certainly be a challenging two fixtures for us that we know will be difficult but if we ride like we did on Sunday [against Birmingham] then I’m confident that we will be fine and progress to the next round.”
Next meeting at Owlerton…
KO CUP CLASH OF THE TIGERS:
🐯Sheffield v Glasgow, Sunday, May 12th at 4pm. Gates open 2.30pm.
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Sheffield Tigers will do well to try to improve on their away form, having not won an away race this year.
Simon Stead said: “We need to be getting results both home and away.
“We’ve already had a disappointing loss at the hands of Leicester in Sheffield this year and we don’t want anymore of those certainly, so we need to better ourselves, all round.
“We had a massive overhaul of our squad over the winter months with new riders who are still settling into the super fast track, so it does take them a little bit of time to adjust and get used to how quick the pace is and setting up the bikes properly.
“It’s been a disappointing start but we do need to make home advantage count and there are no excuses now, we’ve had enough time to get ourselves sorted and we’ll be looking for a big result.”
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