Sheffield Speedway: Ricky welcomes the pressure matches

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Star guest Ricky Wells is delighted to be getting a taste of the Premier League play-offs with Sheffield Tigers.

The Californian ace rides for Workington, who narrowly missed out on the top six, but has been regularly guesting for injured No.1 Simon Stead.

He helped the Window Centre Tigers snatch a dramatic quarter-final win over Newcastle to set up a mouth-watering tie with Glasgow in the semi-finals.

They will host the first leg at Owlerton tomorrow (7.30) – and Wells admits he is loving the chance to be involved in the title showdown.

“I’m enjoying the play-offs with Sheffield,” said Wells.

“Newcastle away was a good result for the club, and I think they booked some good guests around that track which helped. It was an enjoyable night to be involved in.

“It got a bit close at the end, and I was happy that me and Kyle (Howarth) were able to pull off a 5-1 in heat 15. There was a bit of pressure, but I always seem to ride better under pressure so everything worked out well.

“I’m happy to have the chance to guest again on Thursday, said the New Zealand-born rider. “Sheffield has always been a tough place to go but I feel it’s much better to guest for the home team, that’s a bonus.

“I spent two years at Sheffield, so I enjoy riding there, but Steady still seems to be the master of Owlerton so I won’t comment on if I can fill his shoe!

“The club is in a better place now then I was riding for them. I am good friends with Julie Reading (co-promoter), so it’s cool to see her involved more.

“I’m not sure if I will ever be back there full-time, but never say never! I’ll give my best for them against Glasgow and hopefully help them do well in the play-offs.”