‘Yo-yo’ Sheffield braced for Welsh opener

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City of Sheffield begin their British League campaign today with a trip to Cardiff for their Premier League fixture.

The Sheffield club have a yo-yo reputation having been relegated from the top flight two years ago only to bounce straight back last year.

They have a powerful line-up in the 800 metres where former European medallist Sam Ellis and Steve Evison should ensure good points. Mukhtar Mohammed, third in the UK this year over 800 metres with 1:47.58, has opted for the 1500 metres where his best time of 3:52.8 is due for revision.

International 400 metre runner Richard Buck, looking for some speed work, drops down to 200 metres for Sheffield.

Sheffield have strong hurdles, Matt Hudson and Roger Skedd in the 110 metres and Steve Garrett and Tom Grantham in the 400.

The throwing events look strong for the Sheffield team. Matt Lambley and Simon Bissell should be good points scorers in the hammer and Jamie Williamson and Dan Brunt should be as consistent as ever in the shot. Williamson and Bissell pair up in the discus.

In the javelin, Sheffield have a potential winner in Lee Doran. Similarly, Luke Cutts could take top spot in the pole vault.

The English senior and Under 20 Combined events take place today at Bedford and Sunday with means Sheffield will be without their talented all rounders Daniel Gardiner and Liam Ramsay.

Newham and Essex Beagles are favourites to retain their title and Sheffield’s other opponents are: Birchfield, Cardiff, Enfield and Haringey, Sale, Shaftsbury Barnet and Woodford Green.

Also, today are the second round matches of the Northern League.

Rotherham and Barnsley, trailing in Division 2EC, travel to Hull whilst City of Sheffield aim to consolidate their lead in Division 3EC at Doncaster.