Wednesday September 20, 2017
SHEFFIELD co-promoter Damien Bates agrees they deserve to be title favourites – but he insists the pressure is still on Glasgow ahead of their play-off semi-final showdown!

Glasgow boss Stewart Dickson turned up the heat on the Steel City side by declaring it is their title to lose ahead of Thursday’s first leg at Owlerton (7.30).

Window Centre Tigers’ chief Bates agrees they are the team to beat although he feels their big spending Scottish counterparts are the side who need to perform to justify their investment.

“I agree with Stewart, it’s our title to lose,” Bates said. “We’ve been by far the best team in the league this year.

“Glasgow were probably the title favourites at the beginning of the year along with Ipswich, but the pressure is really on Glasgow.

“They are a club who has spent heavily over the last three years and they really need to be winning the league to justify the investment in the club.

“We have just put together a team we thought would have a good chance of making the play offs, and our team was boosted by bringing in Georgie (Wood) and Jan (Graversen).

“The previous reserves just weren’t up to the job at Sheffield so we have been fortunate to find Georgie and Jan who have strengthened us.

“We’ll take each meeting in the play-offs one at a time like we have done all year and we will see what happens.

“The team and team manager picked Glasgow as they thought that was best, so now it’s over to them to do what they have done all year and perform and hopefully we will progress to the final.”

Simon Stead’s side will be back to full strength as Todd Kurtz and Josh Bates return from their injury lay-offs.

Meanwhile, Glasgow are without Nike Lunna, whilst James Sarjeant and Alfie Bowtell guest for injured reserve duo Tom Perry and Jack Smith.

SHEFFIELD: Josh Grajczonek, Todd Kurtz, Lasse Bjerre, Josh Bates, Kyle Howarth, Jan Graversen, Georgie Wood.
GLASGOW: Richard Lawson, Dan Bewley, Aaron Summers, Richie Worrall, Nike Lunna R/R, James Sarjeant, Alfie Bowtell.

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