Sheffield Pirtek Tigers are anxiously waiting for news on their play-off semi-final opponents after going through at the expense of Workington.

The 46-44 defeat in Cumbria on Saturday was enough to go through by 11-points on aggregate - despite the absence of injured skipper Andre Compton.

Now they'll ride the home leg, with their opponents to be confirmed shortly, on Thursday week, October 12 and the Owlerton season is extended by at least a week.

King's Lynn, who finished top of the regular standings, have first choice of opposition - and they could select Sheffield, but speculation is gathering pace that they may go for Rye House.

Said Machin: ""We can win the league. We have raised the bar in terms of our hopes and expectations now that we have gone through to the last four of the play-offs and we had six of the seven riders win a race at Workington which was terrific.

"It means we will now race at home on Thursday week in the semi-final, but before then we're delighted to face Hull this Thursday in a meeting we've been wanting to stage for a few weeks."

Tigers kept the scores close throughout the meeting at Workington and it was reserve Paul Cooper who secured the aggregate win with a stunning win over Pole Tomasz Piszcz in Heat 12.



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