Awesome Auty stars as Tigers scoop Steel prize

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Sheffield Tigers 59 Scunthorpe Scorpions 35

TIGERS completed an early season double over Premier League rivals Scunthorpe to collect the Steel Town Trophy at Owlerton last night.

Josh Auty, who is all set to double-up with Elite League champions Coventry, continued his sensational start to the season to head the Sheffield scorechart with an unbeaten 17+1 from six outings in an impressive all-round team display.

He received some great backing, with Hugh Skidmore and Shane Parker providing their best performances of the three meetings so far, with 13 and 12+2 respectively.

David Howe was top man for the Scorpions with 11, but a lack of race winners cost them dearly.

Scunthorpe actually held an early lead after two races, but when Ricky Ashworth and Skidmore levelled things up with a 4-2 in heat 3 there only looked to be one winner.

Successive 4-2s put the Tigers 17-13 ahead and then Auty continued his great start to the season when holding off a determined Carl Wilkinson in heat 7.

Ashley Birks got the better of Steve Worrall for third place and Sheffield moved into a 24-18 lead.

Skidmore and Simon Lambert slammed in a maximum in race 8, but not even a tactical ride in heat 9 from former Owlerton favourite Ben Wilson could make any dent in the Sheffield advantage.

Skidmore led all the way and Wilson’s double-point second place could only earn the Scorpions a share of the points.

A great piece of team-riding by Auty and Parker in heat 10 then increased the hosts advantage to 38-24.

Scunthorpe did reduce the arrears courtesy of a tactical ride from Howe and Thomas Jorgensen followed home Auty in heat 11, but Ashworth and Lambert’s 4-2 in heat 12 wrapped up the victory with three races.