Sheffield Tigers aim to seal semi spot

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SHEFFIELD can all but seal their place in the Premier League Cup Semi-Finals with a victory over local rivals Scunthorpe tonight (7.45pm).

Tigers are in second place in the Northern Section group and a win over the Scorpions means they would virtually be guaranteed a place in the latter stages of the competition, something which looked highly unlikely at the start of the campaign.

And owner Neil Machin admits that he would be over the moon if his team pull off the unlikely turnaround.

He said: “Many people were revelling in our early season results but we have turned it around and we are now in a fairly strong position. At one stage it looked like we would be racing for just local pride but this meeting is now extremely meaningful and carries great significance in the context of the competition

“Simply, the winner of this meeting will likely be the team to progress. The only way either of us can survive in the competition is to win tonight so it’s a straight shootout now. Scunthorpe will be desperate to avenge the defeat we inflicted on them in the first fixture so they’ll be up for it.”

Machin is also wary of the threat of two 2011 Tigers, Josh Auty and Ashley Birks.

He said: “We saw last week with Berwick what damage our former riders can do and Josh and Ashley could cause us big problems.

“They have both had an excellent season so far and will obviously want to come back to Owlerton and give a good account of themselves. We have conquered them once and hopefully we can do it again.”