Wednesday May 08, 2024
SHEFFIELD turn their attentions to the Premiership Knockout Cup on Thursday (May 9, 7.30pm) - and a home derby clash with rivals Belle Vue.

The Tru7 Group Tigers will need to overturn an eight point deficit if they are to reach the semi-finals after losing the first leg 49-41 in Manchester at the beginning of April.

That was their last defeat however and have won their three team fixtures since with momentum building for the reigning league champions.

The Aces arrive in South Yorkshire having lost three of their four away outings so far - but were boosted by their biggest win of the year to date, beating Birmingham 57-33 at the National Speedway Stadium on Monday.

It promises to be another enthralling instalment of the War of the Roses, but Tigers’ heat-leader Tai Woffinden is optimistic he and his team-mates have got what it takes to continue their recent run of good form.

“You already know we’ll give it to them the best we can and we’d feel confident of turning anything around at home,” he said.

“The boys are going well. We’ve just got to keep chipping away.

“Obviously for the club we’d like to achieve as much as possible but for us as speedway riders, it’s also a chance to earn ourselves some extra meetings.”

Both teams are at full strength - but Tigers boss Simon Stead will be absent due to a trip abroad which was booked before the cup restaging date was confirmed. Plymouth’s Garry May will deputise in the home side of the pits.

Belle Vue are led by in-form skipper Brady Kurtz and also include British Grand Prix star Dan Bewley, current British Under-21 Champion Connor Bailey and former World Under-21 Champion Jaimon Lidsey.

Admission for the home leg of the cup tie against Belle Vue is £23 adults, £21 concessions (over 65s and students - both with evidence), £1 kids (up to and including age 17) whilst all under-5s are admitted FREE of charge.

Supporters are reminded that Season Tickets are NOT valid for cup fixtures.

SHEFFIELD: Jack Holder, Kyle Howarth, Chris Holder, Josh Pickering, Tai Woffinden, Jason Edwards, Dan Gilkes,
BELLE VUE: Brady Kurtz, Norick Blodorn, Jaimon Lidsey, Ben Cook, Dan Bewley, Connor Mountain, Connor Bailey.

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