TIGERS have it all to do if they are to make progress in the Knockout Cup after they were outclassed at Berwick.
Joe Screen’s men had too many weak links and relied on brilliant skipper Simon Stead to keep their interest alive.
They were also without new signing Ty Proctor who was required by parent club Wolverhampton.
It means they are going to need one of their famous rescue acts when the sides meet again at Owlerton on Thursday.
Sheffield’s night was summed up when Claus Vissing went from 15-metres in Heat 4 - Sheffield had only Leigh Lanham in the race after Josh Bates was disqualified. Vissing still managed to pip Lanham to the post for a maximum.
Tigers staged a rally in Heats 11 and 12 to keep the tie alive with Stead winning a 4-2 before Andre Compton scored his first points of the night in a shock 5-1 with Simon Nielsen.
And when Stead inspired a 4-2 in Heat 13 with Lanham it brought Sheffield back to a 14-point deficit.
BERWICK 54: Steen Jensen 14, Claus Vissing 11+1, Matthew Wethers 10+4, Matej Kus 10, Liam Carr 5+1, Kevin Doolan 4, David Bellego r/r.
SHEFFIELD 36: Simon Stead 14, Simon Nielsen 6+1, Leigh Lanham 6, Taylor Poole 5+1, Andre Compton 5, Josh Bates 0, Ty Proctor r/r.