RIVALS TURN UP THE HEAT

Wednesday September 20, 2017
GLASGOW boss Stewart Dickson admits it is Sheffield’s Championship title to lose before their play-off blockbuster clash.

The Allied Vehicles Tigers go into Thursday night’s first leg battle in the Steel City on a terrible run of form against the league favourites.

The Ashfield club have suffered four injuries in a month and lost three home meetings in 15 days prior to their biggest tie of the season.

Dickson concedes that their opponents will be tough to overcome. He revealed: “It’s Sheffield’s title to lose, no doubt about that.

“They are in form, we are not and just a few weeks back we were well beaten at their place and they dumped us at Ashfield.

“Obviously that is in Sheffield’s minds because that’s why they chose us for the semi-finals, they think they have the beating of us.

“All we can do is treat it as two completely new meetings. What has gone before this season counts for nothing now.

“Earlier in the season we beat them easy at Ashfield and lost by just two in Sheffield. We now need to find that form again.

“The main thing is that we made the play-offs. Now it’s about getting the best team out as possible after all the injuries.”

Tigers welcome back Dan Bewley from his hip injury after a month out for the first leg while James Sarjeant comes in for Tom Perry and Alfie Bowtell replaces Jack Smith.

Dickson added: “James was sensational at Edinburgh for us last week with paid 14. If he can produce half of that at Sheffield we’ll be happy.

“Hopefully Dan will return and slot back into scoring immediately. It’s a big ask but we’ll give it 100 per cent.”

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