Lanham could race into top Tigers’ role

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Leigh Lanham could be the key to Sheffield’s chances of success this season – that’s the view of co-boss Peter Mole.

Mole is a sponsor of the Ipswich racer and worked with him during his time at Newport. He believes Lanham will challenge for top spot occupied by skipper Simon Stead.

“Once Leigh knew I was involved at Sheffield and that he wasn’t riding at Ipswich he contacted me” he said. “We wasted no time bringing him in and he’s going to good for the team. He’s very professional, knows the tracks and he’s going to give valuable advice to the likes of Taylor Poole and Josh Bates.

“They all look up to him, Leigh gets on well with Joe Screen, and he’s a good signing. He’ll be a good team man.

“He reckons he’ll get his average and so far that’s looking good. He’ll be a solid rider.”

Mole had been delighted with the way Sheffield have started the season with two Premier League Cup wins under their belts and he’s optimistic the team can continue their form, continuing with tonight’s derby against Scunthorpe at Owlerton (7.45).

“We’ve had a lot to do but we are getting there,” he said. “We had the perfect start at Scunthorpe and then against Newcastle last week and we want to keep that going. We could do with some good weather! I just hope the riders all stay injury free. Do that and we’ll be there or thereabouts. It’s an exciting team.”

Sheffield are unchanged from the side which beat Newcastle but Scunthorpe have been forced to book a guest following the injury to Andres Mellgren.

Claus Vissing, who was on the radar of the previous Sheffield management at one stage, replaces him and there’s an Owlerton return for ex-Tigers duo Josh Auty and Ashley Birks.

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Simon Nielsen, Leigh Lanham, Taylor Poole, Adam Roynon, Andre Compton, Josh Bates.

SCUNTHORPE: Claus Vissing, David Howe, Thomas Jorgensen, Ashley Birks, Josh Auty, Matt Williamson, Ryan Douglas.