Sheffield Tigers ready for semi-final quest

Jason Garrity ready for big test
Jason Garrity ready for big test
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Sheffield can book their place in the League Cup semi-finals when they host Ipswich tonight (7.30)

Tigers are unbeaten after four outings and a win would give them an unassailable lead at the top of the Midland group. They are high on confidence after their first home win against Scunthorpe a fortnight ago before claiming victory at Peterborough 24 hours later.

Heat-leader Jason Garrity is keen to see them continue their excellent start to the season against the Foxhall outfit: “We showed at Peterborough what we are capable of. To go there and win was a brilliant effort from everybody and it was a great result. We had a good team performance in our last home meeting as well and even though we had bit of bad luck at times we came away with the result. We’ve got a strong team. I’m looking forward to spending the season with the lads and hope we can get another win against Ipswich in our next meeting.”

Both sides will be at full strength, with British U21 Champion Josh Bates making his triumphant return to Tigers’ colours after his stunning victory at Owlerton last week. Ipswich feature GB international Danny King along with former Sheffield duo Nico Covatti and Paco Castagna.

“We know they have riders who can do well around Sheffield, but we have to be looking to stay unbeaten,” said Garrity.

“The team spirit is good, we’re getting on great and if we can keep things going like this we will only get better in my opinion.”

Meanwhile Garrity has been called into the Speedway Grand Prix qualifier at King’s Lynn on Saturday, May 7.

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Dimitri Berge, Kyle Howarth, Josh Bates, Jason Garrity, Richard Hall, Nathan Greaves.

IPSWICH: Danny King, James Sarjeant, Lewis Kerr, Morten Risager, Nico Covatti, Paco Castagna, Darryl Ritchings.