Sheffield speedway: Time to knuckle down

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Sheffield Tigers’ skipper Simon Stead hopes last week’s victory over Rye House can kick-start their season – starting at Scunthorpe tonight (7.30).

Sheffield have endured a tough start to the campaign, struggling to fulfil their early-season promise. But they bounced at Owlerton to give their confidence a timely boost.

Stead insists they have potential – and he is backing them to hit top form and charge up the Premier League table over the second half of the campaign. Stead said: “It was a good win for us against Rye House, we needed a performance like that to give us all some confidence.

“It has been a disappointing start to the season but it’s been a little bit disjointed with rain-offs and a lack of track time for some of the lads. It was a big step in the right direction the way we performed on Thursday, and it was great to see some of the riders who have been under a little bit of pressure stepping up.

“The likes of Leigh (Lanham), Ty (Proctor) and Taylor (Poole) showed us what they can do and performed like we know they can, so we just need to try and get more consistency now as a team.

“On paper our side is strong, we’ve got a lot of potential.”

Tigers have Ty Proctor available for tonight’s re-arranged trip to Scunthorpe after he was due to miss the original staging last Friday due to a fixture clash with Wolverhampton.

Said Stead: “There’s no reason why we can’t knuckle down for the rest of the season and make sure we finish strongly.

“We aren’t where we want to be at the moment, but fingers crossed everything can start to fall into place now and we can push ourselves up the table over the second half of the season.”

SCUNTHORPE: Nicolai Klindt, David Howe, Ashley Birks, Josh Auty, Ryan Douglas, Matt Williamson, Thomas Jorgensen.

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Andre Compton, Simon Nielsen, Ty Proctor, Leigh Lanham, Taylor Poole, Josh Bates.