Sheffield Tigers reserves or face axe after fifth meeting without a win

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Sheffield co-owner Damien Bates has warned his under-fire reserves they could face the axe if their performances don’t improve.

Tigers saw their winless run extended to five meetings as they were held to a 45-45 draw by Ipswich at Owlerton last Thursday.

It was another disappointing result for the Yorkshiremen, despite a great night of racing, and leaves them in danger of missing out on the Premier League play-offs if things don’t improve.

Now they aim to get back to winning ways in a crucial clash with top of the table Somerset at Owlerton next Thursday.

And Bates has admitted struggling duo Arthur Sissis and Nathan Greaves need to turn things around quickly or their team places could be under severe threat.

Said Bates: “We’ve put this team together to win trophies, and the way things are going we aren’t going to do that.

“It’s clear where we are falling short at the moment, and the two reserves both know they have to improve.

“We can’t afford to carry them for much longer, we need more points in the lower order if we are going to get anything out of the rest of the season so we will make changes if we have to.

“We know they are capable of it, but they both need to pull their finger out and start scoring some more points.

“They aren’t the only ones struggling, Steady started the season as a 10 point rider but is only averaging about eight and a half which is a big drop off we didn’t expect.

“He’s coming back from a serious injury though and is still scoring important points.

“Kyle Howarth and Dimitri Berge both struggled but they’ve won us plenty of meetings this season so they could be afforded an off night.

“It’s been all season pretty much we’ve been struggling at reserve though, so we need things to change sooner rather than later.”