Defeat in finale sums up season for Tigers

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Sheffield’s tough season came to an end with a 55-39 defeat in yesterday’s Premier League match at Scunthorpe.

The incident-strewn meeting in many ways summed up Sheffield’s season, with a succession of crashes stretching proceedings out for over two and a half hours.

Tigers, tracking just two of their regular riders, struggled for the first ten races and only had a Heat 2 success in a two-man race from Benji Compton, and a Heat 8 win from guest No.1 Aaron Summers to show for their efforts.

Three 5-1s in the first five races put the Scorpions in charge, and they extended the lead to 17 points in Heat 9 after Leigh Lanham had broken the tapes, and home No.1 David Howe defeated Carl Wilkinson when the Sheffield guest was going for double points.

Tigers were handed a route back when home team-mates Josh Auty and Matt Williamson collided in Heat 11, and Summers and Lanham combined for an 8-1 in the re-run with Auty ruled out due to injury.

But just when the visitors appeared set for a 5-1 in Heat 13 to give the Scorpions a nervous finale, Lanham suffered mechanical failure on the third lap.

A shared race confirmed Scunthorpe’s victory, and they pulled clear in the closing stages with Jorgensen completing a six-ride paid maximum in the final heat.

Sheffield 39: Aaron Summers 15, Carl Wilkinson 9, Benji Compton 5, Ben Wilson 4+2, Leigh Lanham 3+2, Arron Mogridge 3, Taylor Poole r/r.