Sheffield Tigers: Josh Bates wants to double up again

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Sheffield reserve Josh Bates is hoping to continue his fine run of recent form when the Tigers host Rye House at Owlerton tomorrow (7.30).

The 19-year-old has scored paid double-figures in his previous four home Premier League meetings and returned from a bout of tonsillitis with 10+1 in last Thursday’s challenge match against reigning National League Champions Cradley.

Bates admits his side need to make it ten home meetings unbeaten in all competitions tomorrow to maintain their current strong position in the play-off places.

“It’s going to be a big one against Rye House; all the team need to pull together and hopefully we can get another win,” said Bates. “Rye House have a got a couple of riders who could cause us a few problems but they aren’t the strongest team.

“We’re on a good run at the minute, especially at home, and we’ve got Brady (Kurtz) at No.1 again on Thursday and he’s unbelievable around Sheffield. He’s really quick, he’s always done his job for us as a guest as our top rider and that takes a bit of pressure off the rest of the team because of how good Brady is.

“Me, Arthur (Sissis) and Paco (Castagna) raced in the challenge last week and it was a really good workout.

“It was great to see Arthur get his maximum and hopefully that will up his confidence a bit for the rest of the season.

“The track was good, the racing was good and it was good to see the fans turn out in numbers too and hopefully that will all be the same again.”

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