Comeback kid Auty shines as Tigers cruise past defending champions

Ready for action: Josh Auty, Matt Wethers and Emiliano Sanchez before heat five. Picture: Andy Garner
Ready for action: Josh Auty, Matt Wethers and Emiliano Sanchez before heat five. Picture: Andy Garner
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Sheffield Tigers 56

Edinburgh 40

JOSH Auty made a triumphant return to Tigers colours as they beat reigning champions Edinburgh to continue their impressive run of form.

The youngster won his comeback race with a perfect start and Emilinao Sanchez joined him to help Tigers to a 5-1 and a handy lead which they never lost.

Auty had been out for six weeks with a broken ankle but defied the doctors by coming back a month ahead of schedule.

It was a solid all-round display by Eric Boocock’s men who are flying high in the race for the Premier League title.

Two successive maximums in Heats 6 and 7 opened up a handy 27-15 lead for Tigers but Edinburgh nominated Matt Wethers for double points in the next and he won the race for a Monarchs 7-2.

But Auty and Sanchez struck again with a 5-1 in the next to keep Sheffield in control of the meeting.

German star Kevin Wolbert won a tactical ride in Heat 11 ahead of Shane Parker with Wethers third but Sheffield still had a 10-point cushion and Edinburgh had used their final tactical option.

Parker pulled off a brilliant ride in Heat 13 to lead the way for the home side and Ashworth had to settle for third place after an entertaining battle with Wolbert.

Sanchez won the penultimate race to continue his recent revival and was rewarded with another Heat 15 outing.

Wolbert worked hard to pass Parker and with Wethers third there was some consolation in the last for the Scottish side.

Sheffield Tigers owner Neil Machin said: “It’s nice to get all three points and we cannot ask for anything more from the boys.”

Next up for the league leaders is a home encounter with Scunthorpe Scorpions on Thursday July 14.

SHEFFIELD: Shane Parker 13, Josh Auty 11, Ricky Ashworth 10, Emilaino Sanchez 8+3, Simon Lambert 8+2, Hugh Skidmore 6+2, Ashley Birks 0.

EDINBURGH: Kevin Wolbert 15+1, Matt Wethers 10, Kyle Howarth 5+1, Kalle Katajisto 4, Craig Cook 4, Tim Webster 1+1, Andrew Tully 1.