Sheffield Tigers boss tips his hat to Berwick rivals

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Sheffield co-promoter Peter Mole has praised rivals Berwick ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash between the sides at Owlerton (7.30).

Mole says the Bandits bosses have raised the bar in professionalism within the Premier League.

Tigers are looking to add three more league points in what is their penultimate home league meeting of the season.

Said Mole: “Like ourselves, the promotion and management at Berwick have been very pro-active and the result of all this hard work is there to be seen.

“An exciting team of racers, sitting high in the table, an FIM-approved track holding regular international events, appearances on Sky TV, the future is looking good. Similarly we here at Sheffield are working hard to raise our game so that we become a successful and winning team.

“Berwick have riders who can go extremely well at Sheffield, so another tremendous evening of racing is in prospect.”

Mole is hoping for more great racing tonight after what he believes was one of the matches of the season against Workington last week.

He said: “If it’s anything like last week then we’re in for a treat. Then, we had some of the best racing I’ve seen in one meeting for a long while.

“Huge respect to riders of both teams and Graham Trollop and his staff for preparing the racing surface.”

Tigers are again without Andre Compton whose season appears to be over after his horrifying crash against Somerset in July.

Simon Stead has been named in the side despite crashing heavily at Edinburgh last Friday and pulling out of Leicester’s meeting at Belle Vue on Monday.

Sheffield-based James Sarjeant makes a guest appearance at reserve for Berwick with Anders Mellgren in Sweden for a play-off meeting.

After tonight Sheffield face a double header at Workington on Saturday as the Cumbrian club look to catch up on their horrendous fixture backlog – and they’re still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs.

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Andre Compton R/R, Leigh Lanham, Taylor Poole, Nico Covatti, Ben Wilson, Josh Bates.

BERWICK: Claus Vissing, David Bellego, Kevin Doolan, Steen Jensen, Matej Kus, Matthew Wethers, James Sarjeant.