Speedway: Sheffield Tigers’ Josh Bates listens and learns from Simon Stead

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Josh Bates is looking to keep his good form going in tonight’s League Cup Semi-final first leg at Glasgow.

The Sheffield rider has been receiving help from injured skipper Simon Stead - and he’s feeling the benefit already.

Barnsley boy Bates knows it will be tough at Ashfield as the Owlerton men look to keep scores close for the return leg on July 16.

He said: “I’ve been working a lot in the workshop recently, and Simon Stead has been helping me out a lot as well.

“I think my riding is definitely coming along with Simon’s help, especially around Sheffield, and my hard work seems to be paying off now.

“Steady is unbelievable around Sheffield, and it’s a shame he’s out injured but he’s given me lots of good advice.

“Hopefully I can manage to sustain this and take that next step.

“Hopefully I can get a good score at Glasgow and we can bring them back to Sheffield for the second leg with a good chance of making it through to the final.”

Glasgow welcome back James Sarjeant - ironically, born and bred in Sheffield - for the clash but have lost David Howe to a shoulder injury.

Sheffield have called onex-Glasgow man Josh Grajzconek as cover for Stead and Andre Compton will be looking to continue the fine form he showed on the Scottish track in May’s Premier League clash between the sides.

GLASGOW: Nick Morris, James Sarjeant, Aaron Summers, David Howe R/R, Richard Lawson, Victor Palovaara, Dimitri Berge.

SHEFFIELD: Josh Grajczonek, Ashley Birks, David Bellego, Jason Garrity, Andre Compton, Arthur Sissis, Josh Bates.