TIGERS co-boss David Hoggart has called for his side to “show what you can do” ahead of tonight’s home League Cup clash with Workington (7.45pm).
Hoggart, who is managing the side with Nigel Hinchliffe, believes the Comets will provide a huge test.
He said: “When you look through Workington’s team, every one of their riders has had a good meeting at Owlerton before. Not necessarily all together, but individually they can all do well here. Towards the end of last season they were excellent value for money and they provided us with fantastic entertainment. I expect they will do the same this time around” he said.
The Cumbrian outfit come to Owlerton with a strong looking side, led by Danish under-21 star Rene Bach and experienced Australian Rusty Harrison.
They are backed up by young Brits Richard Lawson and Adam Roynon, and exciting American Kenny Ingalls completes the top five. Kyle Howarth and Gary Irving ride at reserve. Sheffield will line up in the same way they did for last week’s home meeting with Belle Vue, with Joe Haines reverting to the number six race-jacket and Klaus Jakobsen moving to seven.
Hoggart said: “We are moving Joe back to six as he did so well there last Thursday, but all the other partnerships in the side will be the same. We want to give them a chance to gel so we aren’t changing anything just yet.
“It is a massive test for the boys and a chance for them to show their mettle against a top side. We are into the formality of the season now and it is important for us to get off to a good start. There is a great atmosphere in the camp, so we want to do the business on the track.”
SHEFFIELD: Josef Franc, Hugh Skidmore, Ricky Wells, Richard Hall, Emiliano Sanchez, Joe Haines, Klaus Jakobsen.
WORKINGTON: Rene Bach, Kenny Ingalls, Richard Lawson, Adam Roynon, Rusty Harrison, Gary Irving, Kyle Howarth.