Tigers search for cup comeback

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Tigers chief Damien Bates is backing the team to push Berwick all the way in tomorrow’s Knockout Cup clash at Owlerton.

Sheffield go into the meeting 18 points down from the first leg but co-promoter Bates is expecting a big response from the team after two defeats in three days last week.

Bates admits it will take a big team effort but it can be done if everyone clicks on the night.

He said: “We have to go into the meeting with a positive attitude and all the lads know they have a job to do.

“Of course it was a major disappointment for us to lose like we did against Scunthorpe at home and then at Rye House, but this is our opportunity to put things right.

“If we can get at them early and build up a couple of heat advantages then there is no reason why we can’t push them to the limit.”

Bates is also defending some of the under-performing Tigers riders – including new signing Ty Proctor.

He said: “It’s been tough for Ty, he’s new to our track and he will come good, I’m certain of that. He’s a quality performer, there is no question about that, so I have no worries there.

“Leigh Lanham and Taylor Poole are having some teething problems. We’ve not had enough home meetings for them to adapt to Sheffield. That will come in time, I’m sure we will see the best of them.

“Hopefully we can click as a team and beat Berwick. It means more meetings for the riders if they can get through.”