Why Sheffield Tigers’ James Shanes doesn’t check the league table

James Shanes. Picture: Taylor Lanning
James Shanes. Picture: Taylor Lanning
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Sheffield Tigers reserve James Shanes admits he hasn’t looked at the league table all season.

He says it’s a tactic which has served him well previously as he strives for his best each meeting.

But the 21-year-old has told how he has been made aware that the Tigers should be higher up the Championship standings, particularly with meetings running out for the reigning Champs.

“We know it’s getting towards the business end of the season and the pressure is on,” Shanes said.

“I try not to look at the standings to be honest because then you can start looking too far ahead.

“I just like to take each week as it comes and I try just to do my part to help the team win each week.

“I’m enjoying life with the Tigers though.

“I’ve been getting some good scores of late but I was a little disappointed I didn’t get more last Thursday.

“I just couldn’t find the right set-up for the tricky conditions but we found something towards the end if it is ever like that out there again.

“We were disappointed to lose the way we did against Lakeside; when you’re winning by so many early on, to go on and lose by 14 isn’t good.

“But we’re a strong team and we’ll bounce back.

“I’m keeping busy though with riding grasstrack and also for Birmingham in the National League.

“It can get a little bit tiring but it’s a lot better to be busy and I want to do everything I can to make sure Sheffield sneak into the play-offs.”

Tigers are back in action at Owlerton on Thursday (7.30pm) when they host rivals Scunthorpe.

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