SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Play-off hopes are over as Tigers fade away

Race action: Derek Sneddon leads in last night's Tigers v Edinburgh clash.              Picture: andy garner
Race action: Derek Sneddon leads in last night's Tigers v Edinburgh clash. Picture: andy garner
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Sheffield Tigers 43 Edinburgh Monarchs 47

SHEFFIELD saw their Premier League play-off hopes ride off in to the distance as they were beaten for a second consecutive week at home.

The Tigers desperately needed a big performance to get their season back on track and it looked as if they were going to get it, but Edinburgh held their nerve at the business end of the meeting to steal a priceless win.

It was a tight meeting all the way through.

But the home side always had the edge - until a shock 5-1 for the Monarchs in heat 14 turned the meeting on its head and gave Edinburgh the chance to do exactly what their fierce rivals Glasgow did at Owlerton just a week previously.

With Craig Cook unbeaten, it never looked like the home riders would be able to get the necessary heat advantage in the last race.

And, predictably, Cook completed his maximum and left Sheffield reeling once again.

Joe Haines and Chris Schramm were both outstanding at reserve for the home team; Haines won his first three races on his way to 14 and the under-fire Schramm hit back at his critics with paid-10.

It wasn’t enough though.

Sheffield badly missed Emiliano Sanchez with his guest, Justin Sedgmen, failing to score all evening.

Richard Hall was his usual all-action self, notching 10, and Ricky Wells got paid nine, but both riders had six races.

It was a devastating blow to Sheffield’s chances of ending the season with any glory.

And no doubt owner Neil Machin will now consider team changes.

Sheffield: Haines 14, Hall 10, Wells 8+1, Schramm 7+3, Skidmore 4+2, Sedgmen 0.

Edinburgh: Cook 15, Pijper 10, Sneddon 6+1, Helfer 5+1, Wethers 5+1, Tully 5, Tabaka 1.