SHEFFIELD must wait to see whether they will secure second place in the Premier League table.
The Tigers needed to lose by seven or less at nearest rivals Ipswich to secure the runners up spot, but a late collapse saw them defeated by 10 points.
That means that they must wait to see if Ipswich win at Workington on Saturday, and if they do they leapfrog the Owlerton side into second. It was a disappointing end to the meeting after Sheffield fought valiantly throughout, leading for much of the contest and only losing by more than seven after the last race. The Tigers were without Ricky Ashworth and Simon Lambert (both injured), and Josh Auty was visibly ill.
Hugh Skidmore top scored with nine paid 11, and retiring skipper Shane Parker, riding his last ever meeting for the club, notched nine paid 10. The ever consistent Emiliano Sanchez scored the same as Parker, and Ashley Birks continued his good run of form with paid seven. There were doubts about whether Auty would ride or not but he took his place in the line up, but struggled to three, paid four.
Danish youngster Michael Palm Toft, deputising for Lambert, contributed four paid five.
Team manager Eric Boocock was downbeat at the final result, he said: “I’m very, very disappointed, obviously. We did well but now we have to wait and see what Ipswich do at Workington.
“They need to win to pip us to second and that’d be gutting, but we’ll see.”
n IPSWICH 50 Doolan 13, Bjerre 11+3, Risager 11, Hawkins 10+1, Poole 5+1, Tresarrieu 0, Hart 0.
n SHEFFIELD 40 Skidmore 9+2, Parker 9+1, Sanchez 9+1, Birks 6+1, Palm Toft 4+1, Auty 3+1, Ashworth Rider Replacement.