Tigers prepare for long trip and vital fixture

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Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford admits he won’t be reading too much into the victory over Luctonians earlier in the season – especially with a three hour journey to factor in this weekend.

With last weekend’s home clash with Otley postponed due to the weather, Sheffield Tigers are itching to burst back into action as they bid to avoid the drop from SSE National League Two.

They currently sit third from bottom and are six points from safety, a gap they are looking to close when they visit Luctonians tomorrow.

The history books are in Tigers’ favour as back in October they comfortably downed Otley 29-5 at Dore Moor. But Bradford insists the next clash will be a much tougher affair.

“It is difficult to tell if the result will be the same [as the game in October] because they will probably be a different beast compared to what they were like away from home,” he said.

“I expect the pitch to be wet and soggy and games are quite close in those sorts of conditions.

“The weather will be a big factor and we are not expecting the same team we faced.

“I think it will be a stern test to be honest.

”The difference between playing them now and playing them earlier in the season is the fact that it is a long way to come for both teams.

“We do not enjoy up there and they don’t enjoy coming down here.

“Players don’t seem to have the same attitude after a long journey and it is hard to get the team going after driving all that way.

“When you are travelling that far it is hard to get the journey out of your system.

“Early in the season during that first game they really struggled to get their game going after all the travelling.

“So we have to make sure the same doesn’t happen to us.”

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