Sheffield track ace targets return to form

Taylor Poole , Sheffield Tigers
Taylor Poole , Sheffield Tigers
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Sheffield Tigers ace Taylor Poole reckons Sheffield can make a Premier League fixture backlog work in their favour as they look to mount a play-off challenge.

The Owlerton outfit are bottom of the second tier standings after completing only three league fixtures following a series of rain-offs.

They put their first points on the board when seeing off Glasgow 52-41 last Thursday; their first meeting for almost three weeks. And they could leave the basement behind if they beat Scunthorpe tomorrow.

The Scorpions have twice ruled on Sheffield shale this season and Poole said: “We are going to have a pretty busy end to the year, but that could turn out to be a good thing. Hopefully we will all be in good form by then.

“It’s a shame we haven’t got to ride more because the Sheffield track is awesome. At the start of the year I was a bit daunted because it is so fast...now I love it.

“It was good to get a win last week and we need another one against Scunthorpe. They have a really good team with lots of former Sheffield riders, but we’re the current riders - we should be beating the ex-riders.”

Poole’s form in his debut season at Sheffield has become a cause for concern. His starting average of 5.99 has plummeted to 4.12 and he has been beset by mechanical problems.

He suffered more issues in the victory over Glasgow and could only then contribute 2+2 in a thumping Premier League Cup semi-final loss at unbeaten Edinburgh 24 hours later.

The Ipswich-based racer added: “It hasn’t been the best for me so far and I’m upset about the way my average is going down.

“I had some mechanical issues that I managed to get sorted out and then blew my bike up last week.”

He summed up: “Having bike problems and a lot of rain-offs is not the way any speedway rider wants it, but hopefully things will all come right in the end.”