Sheffield Steelers target Cup as priority after years of failure

Jason Hewitt protects Sheffield Steelers net
Jason Hewitt protects Sheffield Steelers net

Steelers winger Jason Hewitt says the club must put right its mediocre record in the Challenge Cup.

Sheffield, who lost in the opening CC encounter at Cardiff last weekend, haven’t won the trophy in the Elite League era. They get a chnace to wrack up two wins in the competition tonight (Coventry away) and tomorrow (Cardiff home.)

Hewitt, in his testimonial year, said: “It’s about time we brought the Cup home to Sheffield – over recent years it has eluded us. We’ve won the League, the Play Offs but, for whatever reason, not the Cup. We came close last year losing 2-1 to Cardiff in the final. That defeat hurt.

“Now it’s time to go again. The group stages this year will be tougher with Manchester replacing Hull. It means that any one of the five teams could win the group and any one of the five get the elbow from the competition” said the forward. “Home form is key – you have to pick the points up at home. Cardiff will come in hard just like they did last week.

“We will be ready and this time they will have they travel and have to come into our building. We will use our depth, speed and experience. We need that first home win of the year after the CHL games.

“If the pain of last year’s final spurs us on then so be it – whatever it takes.”

Telford Tigers - who play at Sheffield Steeldogs tonight, say the signing of experienced winger Phil Hill from Steelers is a key move towards their EPL title defence. Coach Tom Watkins said: “To have a player of his calibre come here is a superb pickup.”