Sheffield Tigers can overcome the odds against Glasgow

Kyle Howarth
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Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates insists they can overcome Glasgow in the Premier League Play-Off Semi-Finals.

Tigers, who are chasing their first title since 2002, will host the Scots at Owlerton on Thursday (7.30) before heading to Ashfield for the second leg on Sunday (3pm). They will again be without influential injured pair Simon Stead and Jason Garrity and Bates admits their injury misfortune is a bitter blow.

But having stunned highly-rated Newcastle in the quarter-final, he is adamant they can rise to the occasion. And he has set his patched-up side a 10pt target heading into Thursday’s first leg.

“It will be tough” Bates said. “Like I’ve said for weeks, when you take out your top two riders then it does take a lot out of you and you’ll always be up against it. “We’ve booked some good guests, but it isn’t the same as having your own team.

“You’d say we probably need to leave with a double figure lead from the home leg and if we can get a result like that we’d be happy.

“Having said that, we only took six points up to Newcastle and got the job done there, so as long as we can get a win at home then it’s all still to play for.

“Josh Bates rode for Somerset at Glasgow at the weekend and scored plenty of points, so that’s a good sign before we go there.

“Kyle Howarth is on a high after winning the Elite League with Wolverhampton, and he’s in superb form.

“We have good riders and a team capable of beating anyone on our day, so hopefully we can do ourselves proud.”