Simon takes hectic spell in his stride

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IN-form Simon Lambert is bracing himself for a packed schedule - but that’s the way he likes it.

The Tigers reserve has been in fine form this season at Premier League level, but he also races in the National League for Stoke, who are through to the Knockout Cup final and are amongthe favourites to win the league.

That means more meetings, particularly in September and October when the honours are dished out.

Lambert said: “I like it when I’m busy and it looks like it’s going to be like that in the latter stages of the season, which is great.

“We have a great team at Stoke and we are all riding really well and the same applies here at Sheffield; we’re buzzing at the moment and hopefully we can keep that going for the rest of the season.

”Everything feels good about this season; my confidence is high and the bikes feel good; hopefully that can continue.”

Lambert knows he needs a big score at reserve in Thursday’s mouthwatering Knockout Cup first leg clash with Workington at Owlerton.

“It’s going to be a tough one without a doubt,” said Lambert. “They have a good team but we beat them at our place in the league and beat them well. We will need a similar score to take up there on Saturday for the second leg.

“But if we can edge them out and get into the semi-final then I feel confident we can go all the way and maybe even win the cup.

“But Workington are one of the top teams in the league and from that point of view it’s a shame one of us has to go out at this stage of the competition.”

Tigers are hoping reserve Ashley Birks will be back in the side for Thursday after missing the weekend win at Leicester with bad bruising.