SHEFFIELD’S Josh Auty went from zero to hero as the Tigers produced a brilliant comeback to win their final home meeting of the season against Workington.
The Owlerton side were eight points down with just four heats to go and staring their second home defeat of the season in the face, as well as looking like severely denting their hopes of finishing second in the Premier League table.
A succession of heat advantages drew them level going in to the last race, where Auty came from 15 metres back to pass Richard Lawson on the finish line to secure their 16th home league victory in a row, meaning league leaders Glasgow must wait to seal the title.
Shane Parker, in his last home meeting for the Tigers, led the way with 12 paid 13 while Simon Lambert accrued paid 10 and Hugh Skidmore 7+2. Emiliano Sanchez weighed in with a valuable eight points, but Ashley Birks had one of his toughest nights of the year with three paid four.
The Tigers were weakened early on with Ricky Ashworth pulling out after his first ride due to a recurrence of the arm injury he sustained in Sunday’s crash in the Premier League Riders Championship, leaving Lambert and Birks to cover his rides.
The Comets were looking good to at least seal a draw when Auty touched the starting tapes in Heat 15, meaning he would have to come from 15 metres behind his opponents if he was to score.
He did just that, stalking Richard Lawson for three laps before reeling him in on the final corner and passing him on the line.
SHEFFIELD: Shane Parker 12+1, Simon Lambert 9+1, Emiliano Sanchez 8, Hugh Skidmore 7+2, Josh Auty 6, Ashley Birks 3+1, Ricky Ashworth 1.