Grand Final awaits but there’s five point gap to bridge

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SHEFFIELD’S National League side will try again in their bid for a place in the Grand Final when they ride at Scunthorpe tonight (7.30).

The combined Sheffield/Scunthorpe side have been forced to re-arrange the semi-final tie against Belle Vue at the Lincolnshire circuit in order to meet the league’s cut-off.

The original staging of the meeting, which Sheffield/Scunthorpe need to win by more than five points, was washed out at Owlerton on Thursday.

Fans who attended that meeting without seeing a race can use their rain-off tickets for the re-arranged fixture or they can be used as part payment for Thursday’s Owlerton meeting between Sheffield and the American tourists.

In addition, all Sheffield season tickets will be valid at Scunthorpe, including those who didn’t attend last Thursday.

It’s a gesture from the joint promotion which is aimed at getting as many people as possible to Scunthorpe to back their bid for the Grand Final.

Sheffield co-promoter David Hoggart said: “Obviously we would love to get into the final and it was a real gut-wrencher when we had to pull the plug last Thursday because of the rain.

“We did everything we could to get the meeting on and the fans could see that, but we have had to move quickly for the re-arrangement and Scunthorpe was readily available, so we have gone for it.

“It would be nice to see as many Sheffield fans as possible making the trip because it would be a fine achievement for us to reach a major final with our team of youngsters.”