Birthday boy comes of age and secures Tigers a point

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Berwick 47

Sheffield Tigers 41

TIGERS rescued a point from Saturday’s trip to Berwick thanks to in-form Josh Auty.

Auty, who celebrated his 21st birthday 48-hours earlier, notched a vital victory in Heat 15 to keep Sheffield’s hopes alive of a top-three finish.

Tigers were up against it after conceding three 5-1s in the first six races at Shielfield Park, but they remained in touch due largely to a series of wins from Ricky Ashworth, who was unbeaten from his first four rides.

Successive 4-2s in Heats 12 and 13 saw the gap reduced to five points before Berwick guest Aaron Summers secured victory for the Bandits by winning Heat 14 with Jade Mudgway taking third place. That left Tigers needing an advantage from the last race to at least gain a point, and those hopes receded when Ashworth broke the tapes and was then disqualified for exceeding the time allowance when he was set to go off the handicap.

But Berwick’s Sebastian Alden also suffered mechanical trouble at the start-line and that left Auty to head home Ludvig Lindgren to at least ensure Tigers had something to take from a meeting which had been heavily delayed after home reserve Mitchell Davey crashed in Heat 2 and was taken to hospital.

Ashworth was at his best with four straight wins before he hit the tapes. He said: “The bike was so fast and I felt supremely confident every time I went out. It makes a massive difference when you have so much confidence in the bike. Shame about Heat 15, but these things happen I guess and we managed to get a point from it.”

BERWICK : Summers 12, Lindgren 11+2, Complin 9, Mudgway 8+3, Alden 7+1, Davey 0, Smith R/R.

SHEFFIELD: Ricky Ashworth 12, Josh Auty 10, Shane Parker 8, Emiliano Sanchez 4, Ashley Birks 3, Simon Lambert 2+1, Hugh Skidmore 2.