Tigers tipped for play-offs

Laurence Rogers
Laurence Rogers

Stand-in boss Laurence Rogers is backing Sheffield to make the play-offs.

Rogers took charge in the weekend visits to Lakeside and Peterborough - and despite two defeats he saw enough to offer encouragement.

Walsall-based Rogers answered the call when Simon Stead announced in the winter he was getting married - he’s due back for the next meeting.

Said Rogers: “I do still feel Sheffield can make a run for the top four. It was so close right up to the end at Lakeside, and again here, so now it’s up to Steady to get them going!

“They’ve been a great bunch to work with. I did know quite a few of them from before anyway, which was a big plus, but they’ve gelled well together and it’s a good team.”

Rogers felt Tigers were unlucky not to get a point at Peterborough on Sunday.

“The boys fought hard and we were still in with a chance of a draw going into the last race, but unfortunately it was Peterborough who got the 5-1,” he said.

“Sadly Charles Wright made his worst start of the meeting and then got blocked in a bit.

“Although he was chasing hard, he couldn’t get by.

“I felt bad taking Broc Nicol out of his third ride but we needed the points, and it’s all part of a big learning curve for him. In Heat 14 he gave it 200 per cent and was unlucky to get only one point out of it.”

American ace Max Ruml, who is in his debut season of British racing with Edinburgh, has been confirmed in the field for Thursday’s Plumco Top Gun meeting.

He’s the second American with World Cup experience in the field as Scunthorpe man Gino Manzares is also included.

Aussie prospect Zaine Kennedy has also been added as he looks to impress British clubs with a view to launching his professional career in Britain.

Fellow countrymen Josh McDonald and Kye Thompson will also be on display.

Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates said: “This promises to be a great night of racing and there’s a real cosmopolitan flavour.

“Our own James Shanes will race along with showman Danny Ayres and I’m predicting an exciting night for the fans.”

Admission is £13 adults, £11 concessions and children go free. Sheffield season tickets are valid.

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