SHEFFIELD are already in ‘must-win’ territory as they entertain Rye House in the Premier Challenge Trophy at Owlerton tonight (7.45pm).
The Tigers were heavily defeated in their opening fixture at Ipswich a week ago and a second defeat would almost certainly rule them out of contention for a spot in the final.
With a full team on track for Sheffield for the first time in over two months, it’s a good chance for the city men to get some points on the board.
Club owner Neil Machin said: “Like ourselves, Rye House have had to make some enforced team changes this year because of injury but they will be good value, they’re certainly not to be underestimated.
“We do however, have a full team available to us for the first time in a long while and that will hopefully put us in a good position.
“We’ve had to rely on guests and the rider replacement facility whereas now we’ve got our own seven riders.
“It’s pretty important for us to get some points on the board, a defeat tonight and our chances of getting through our group look very slim. We need a big performance from everyone.”
Owlerton will also host a very special occasion this evening when legendary ex-Tiger Guy Allott celebrates his 90th birthday with family and friends.
Allott, who built speedway engines for a multitude of world champions, will have dinner in the superb Panorama Restaurant and Machin says it’s an honour to host such a special event.
He said: “The Allott family are a famous speedway family and Guy has given the sport brilliant service, we’re really looking forward to having him at Owlerton.”
Supporters are also reminded that admission prices for tonight’s meeting have been slashed to just £10 for adults and £5 for children.
SHEFFIELD: Pepe Franc, Hugh Skidmore, Emiliano Sanchez, Richard Hall, Ricky Wells, Joe Haines, Chris Schramm.
RYE HOUSE: Charlie Gjedde, Luke Bowen, Anders Mellgren, Jason Garrity, Jason Bunyan, Kasper Lykke, Simon Lambert.
Fans are reminded about the earlier start time for the Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton on Sunday week.
The showpiece individual event will start at 1pm in order to allow the Newcastle v Workington play-off to take place that night.
Restaurant bookings are now being taken for the re-arranged fixture.