SHEFFIELD kept up their challenge at the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 64-29 win against Rye House at Owlerton last night.
The Tigers move four-points clear of second-placed Glasgow in the standings, but the Scottish club have matches in hand so there is still plenty to race for in the Championship chase.
Josh Auty returned to the side following his heavy spill in last week’s home victory over Workington and immediately hit form to top score with 13+1.
And he also received some excellent backing with Simon Lambert (11+2), Shane Parker (11+1, paid maximum) and Hugh Skidmore (11+1) being the pick from a solid team performance.
Sheffield got off to a flying start to jump into a 17-7 lead, but the Rockets did momentarily reduce the deficit when Jordan Frampton raced to a tactical ride win in Heat 5, earning his team a 6-3 advantage.
But Tigers quickly regained control of events in what turned out to be an almost comical Heat 6. With skipper Ricky Ashworth already going off a 15-metre handicap for delaying the start, Rye House’s Luke Bowen then fell on the first bend.
The race continued only for Hugh Skidmore to fall on the third bend and Ashworth took avoiding action and laid his bike down.
Thinking the race had been stopped Steve Boxall shut off - stalled his bike - and both Sheffield riders then amazingly remounted and raced to an incredible 5-1 in a winning time of 78.0 seconds ahead of Bowen, who had also remounted after his fall.
A more conventional maximum then followed in Heat 9 courtesy of Auty and Emilano Sanchez and it was the same result in Heat 10 from Ashworth and Skidmore.
Eric Boocock’s men were now in stunning form as a 4-2 was the result of race 11 and they finished extremely strongly with a flurry of 5-1s seeing them break the sixty-point barrier for the third time at home this season.
SHEFFIELD: Josh Auty 13+1, Simon Lambert 11+2, Shane Parker 11+1, Hugh Skidmore 11+1, Ricky Ashworth 9+2, Emiliano Sanchez 8+3, Ashley Birks 1