High time for Tigers to find early season form

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SHEFFIELD owner Neil Machin expects to see an improvement in his side when they host Redcar tonight (7.45).

Tigers are yet to win a meeting so far this season and that has led many to dub tonight a must-win fixture.

Machin is hoping his team will step up their game. He said: “I expect the boys to raise their performances this week, I think there’ll be a lot more urgency about them. Our showing against Workington wasn’t that bad, I think had it not been for some mechanical issues towards the end of the meeting we could’ve nicked a win. Fair play to Workington though, they are a strong side and they did a job on us.”

Machin revealed that several riders have had private practice sessions in Leicester this week, and Sheffield will need it to pay off against a solid Redcar team.

The Teessiders expect to welcome back Czech star Matej Kus for the clashes, but will still be missing ex-World Champion Gary Havelock. They have drafted in Carl Wilkinson to replace him and Australian Mark Jones will make his debut for the club, replacing Robert Branford.

Sheffield remain unchanged and have three meetings over the Easter period to put right their indifferent form, at home tonight with the return tomorrow and then a difficult trip to Scunthorpe on Monday.

Machin knows it’s a vital period for the Tigers. “Redcar have a good side and then we travel to Scunthorpe on Monday in a bit of a grudge match,” he said. “There’s a bit of bad blood between the clubs after somethings that happened in the winter so we want to beat them.”

TIGERS: Josef Franc, Hugh Skidmore, Ricky Wells, Richard Hall, Emiliano Sanchez, Joe Haines, Klaus Jakobsen.