Scunthorpe 40 Sheffield Tigers 50
SHEFFIELD had the last laugh on Bank Holiday Monday as they beat rivals Scunthorpe to get their first away win of the season.
The two clubs have had their differences recently, stemming from a winter dispute, but it was the Tigers who triumphed unexpectedly at the Eddie Wright Raceway inspired by a stunning performance from Emiliano Sanchez at reserve.
Sanchez produced his best performance of the season, arguably his best in a Sheffield race-jacket, to reel off five straight wins and leave Lincolnshire with a 15-point maximum. The former Scorpion had endured a tough start to the season but the Sheffield management will now hope that he will use this as a springboard for the rest of the season and give them the lower end firepower that they have lacked.
Unlike at home, Sheffield made a good start to the meeting and they had five heat advantages in the first six heats, with Hugh Skidmore, Richard Hall and Argentine champion Sanchez all registering good early wins.
After such a good start they were always in control of the match and never looked like they would fall victim of a home comeback, despite Scunthorpe having number one David Howe back from injury. The home riders appeared to struggle with track conditions while Sheffield coped brilliantly to take all four points back to Yorkshire and send a warning to the rest of the Premier League.
Scunthorpe: Auty 13, Wilkinson 9+1, Palm Toft 8, Birks 7+1, Howe 3, Armstrong 0, Aarnio r/r
Tigers: Sanchez 15, Wells 8+3, Hall 8, Franc 7, Skidmore 6, Haines 4, Schramm 2+1.