Sharks intending to Forge ahead tonight

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Sharks return to the scene of past glories tonight hoping to keep writing another page in the club’s history.

Ponds Forge was the venue the last time Sheffield won the BBL title in 2003 and the current team can keep up its championship charge with victory over MK Lions to make it six wins in a row.

Despite the cross city switch from the EIS in Attercliffe to the centre of Sheffield and Ponds Forge, forward Mike Tuck still thinks there will be a good atmosphere: “I’ve never played there but we’ve trained at Ponds Forge several times” he said.

“It’s still in Sheffield and it’s only five minutes down the road for me so it will definitely feel like a home game.

“It’s a great venue; we’ll have all our supporters there so it will still be the same.”

Saturday’s comfortable win at Essex Pirates was further proof that the One Health sponsored-Sharks are running into form at exactly the right time.

Whether they can catch Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL, though, is out of their hands, says Tuck.

“We’re on a streak right now, everything’s going well. Right now we’re not worried about anyone else, we’re just concentrating on ourselves and wanting win every game.

“We’re right there, right behind them (Newcastle). It could go either way. No team is perfect so we have a good chance.”

The Eagles are also in action tonight at Mersey Tigers. The Tigers are level with Newcastle on five losses but Sharks can influence Mersey’s end of season by beating them in the three matches between the teams which remain.

Tuck says they can’t afford to look beyond Milton Keynes: “They seem to play up against good competition or play down to lower seeds, we had a tough game down there. “We pulled out the win and that gave us some momentum for this run. We’re expecting them to come with same intensity, which we’ll have to match.”

Sharks away match at Mersey Tigers in April has now been moved to Tuesday, April 5 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.