Top of the table Tigers eye good cup run

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TIGERS gun for a place in the Premier League KO Cup semi-finals this week – with a warning ringing in their ears.

Neil Machin’s men remain top of the Premier League table after Saturday’s win at revitalised Leicester but their attentions switch firmly to tomorrow’s quarter final first leg against the Comets, with the return at Derwent Park on Saturday.

The Owlerton side thumped Workington 57-36 three weeks ago but know that will count for little.

And, despite a run of form which has seen them go four points clear, they go into the back-to-back meetings with Machin saying it will be a tough stretch: “It certainly won’t be as easy as last time around. We were in top form that night and that’s the mark we need to keep hitting in the remainder of the season.

“As usual, we need to rack up a big total to take to Cumbria on Saturday night and every point up for grabs will be vital. Everyone needs to be on their game.

“With Workington breathing down our necks in the title race it’s important that we prove that we mean business.”

Tigers will be buoyed by last Thursday’s comprehensive – if somewhat unconvincing – win over Scunthorpe and Saturday night’s victory at Leicester, when they let the bonus point slip in the final heat.

Machin added: “Leicester put up a pretty tough fight, as we knew they would with the team having been re-shaped.

Magnus Karlsson came in and looked superb while Kauko Nieminen was also in the points – and that meant we had to work hard.

“Illness victim Ashley Birks was forced to sit out the meeting but should be fit to resume against the Comets

Start time tomorrow is 7.45pm.