Sheffield Tigers need to beat Workington by more than eight-points at Owlerton on Thursday to keep alive their hopes of Premier Trophy semi-final qualification.

The Comets have revamped their side during the winter with only one survivor from last season - James Wright - but he is out injured. Berwick's Mikal Makovsky deputises as a guest replacement against a full strength Sheffield side.

When the sides met in Cumbria 10-days ago Sheffield went down 49-41 but they'll start the home leg as favourites.
"Makovsky has had some good meetings around Sheffield in the past and we must treat him with great respect," said Sheffield co-promoter David Hoggart. "I think Workington have done the right thing booking him and I'm sure he'll do a good job for them.

"They also have two good, solid reserves so James Birkinshaw and Paul Cooper will need! to be on form in that department for us."

Neil Machin is urging fans to head for Owlerton on Thursday for a feast speedway action. Not only will Sheffield face Workington in a mouthwatering Premier Trophy clash, but the touring 'American Dream Team' will also figure against Sheffield's youngsters in a full second half.

Machin said: "When we knew the Americans were planning on coming over again this season we booked them in for action.
"They put on a good show for the fans last season and the American charisma and exciting racing style will thrill the fans."

Tapes go up at 7.45pm and children under-12 will be admitted free.



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