Tigers not getting carried away with early successes

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SHEFFIELD joint team-manager David Hoggart feels the side’s early season performances have justified his team selection but insisted: “one swallow doesn’t make a summer”.

Tigers have qualified for the League Cup semi-finals against the odds with home victories over much-fancied Leicester and Scunthorpe, and they ran both teams close away from Owlerton too.

Those results, and the manner in which they were gained, has only served to reaffirm Hoggart’s view that this Sheffield side are far better than their critics suggested.

He said: “In my own private thoughts I always believed that we could qualify from our group and as much as I didn’t want to be too optimistic, I have never really had any doubts about this team. However, one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

“Clearly we haven’t achieved anything just yet and there is an awful long way to go in the season, but I have always believed that this side can deliver the goods eventually and they’ve proved that so far.

“I got a fair bit of criticism when I built the team but we’ve had some outstanding individual performances so far and they’re all really working together, it’s a proper team. Any tiny, niggling doubts I may have had have disappeared with the team’s performances so far, that’s for sure.”

Hoggart has also praised Argentinian sensation Facundo Albin, who has thrilled Owlerton so far and is already a firm fans’ favourite.

He said: “I watched a lot of Facu’s races from Argentina via the internet and I was watching him do some great things.

“He would go from last to second, or third to first, regularly and against some very good riders. It was important for him to start well and thankfully he’s hit the deck running, and he is only going to get better and better. We’re thrilled with him.”

Tigers launch their Premier League campaign at Owlerton on Thursday when they face a powerful Workington side.

The Comets have a strong spearhead with Cumbrian star Richard Lawson and Danish ace Rene Bach. But all eyes will be on talented youngster Kyle Howarth, who doubles-up with Elite League Poole and has been piling up the points in the early stages of the season.

The sides meet again at Derwent Park on Saturday.