Glasgow 54 Sheffield 39
TIGERS paid dearly for a lack of race winners as they fell to a comfortable League Cup defeat at Glasgow yesterday.
The Owlerton side could provide the first man home on only two occasions as they lost out by a 15-point margin.
Last year’s Premier League Champions have retained a strong top three at the expense, in theory, of their scoring elsewhere – but on this occasion young Australian Mason Campton proved just as hard to beat as their big guns.
Campton secured a shock paid maximum, with James Grieves also unbeaten from four rides and skipper Joe Screen only missed out when he was disqualified from Heat 15 as Tigers toiled.
Tigers made the worst possible start when Screen overhauled Josef Franc and Hugh Skidmore to combine with Campton for a first-race 5-1, and they went on to trail 10-26 after six races, Skidmore coming to grief on the fourth bend of Heat 5.
When Richard Hall went for double points in Heat 7, the Tigers finished in the wrong order with Hall coming in behind team-mate Ricky Wells in second and third places.
Skidmore took the next tactical ride in the next race but he was headed by Campton, and another Screen/Campton 5-1 in Heat 10 virtually put the seal on matters.
Franc finally gave Sheffield a win in Heat 11 as he held off Josh Grajczonek, but another Glasgow 5-1 quickly followed in the next race.
The one consolation came in Heat 14 when Tigers gained a 5-1 of their own, Joe Haines teaming up with Hal.
SHEFFIELD 39: Hall 8+2, Haines 7+2, Sanchez 6+1, Skidmore 6, Franc 5, Jones 4+1, Wells 3.