Ipswich Witches 54 Sheffield Tigers 40
SHEFFIELD put in a spirited display at Ipswich but fell short on a wet Bank Holiday Monday.
The Tigers went to Foxhall without injured reserve Klaus Jakobsen and were immediately under the cosh as the home side headed into an early lead despite Sheffield gaining a 5-1 in heat one.
After six heats Ipswich were suddenly 10 points ahead, but a morale-boosting 8-1 from Ricky Wells and Richard Hall put the city side right back in the contest and gave Sheffield the perfect springboard to launch an unlikely comeback.
Any hopes of a positive result were quickly dispelled though when the Witches banged in three maximum heat advantages in three heats to move 15 points clear. Hugh Skidmore and Pepe Franc failed to make the most of Franc’s tactical ride in heat 11 and from then the home team were comfortable in the lead.
Sheffield co-manager David Hoggart admits it is frustrating to get within touching distance of a league point.
He said: “If we had scored four more points today we would have got a point, and that is very difficult to do at Ipswich. Everyone contributed but we just need a bit more from a couple of riders and we will be there.”
IPSWICH:Tungate 15+3, North 14, Dooln 9+3, Lanham 8+1, Heeps 5+1, Tresarrieu 3, Poole r/r.
SHEFFIELD: Wells 13, Franc 7+1, Hall 6+1, Skidmore 6, Sanchez 4+1, Haines 4, Knight (G) 0.