Sheffield Tigers plunder victory at Scunthorpe

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Tigers have one foot in the League Cup semi-finals after a stunning 40-53 Bank Holiday win at rivals Scunthorpe.

Teenage reserve Josh Bates stole the show by topping the Tigers’ scorechart - but this was a fine all-round display with everyone chipping in.

They were never troubled after taking the lead with a maximum from Simon Stead and Andre Compton in Heat 1 - and did more than enough after that to return home with all four points.

Barnsley racer Bates was well-supported with Compton 9+2 and Ashley Birks 9 and Ty Proctor 8+2 all being paid for double-figures.

Following that first race 5-1, Birks and Proctor produced a maximum of their own in Heat 3 and by the time Stead and Compton repeated the feat in Heat 5, the match already looked beyond Scunthorpe’s reach.

Former Tiger Josh Auty and Ellis Perks did momentarily reduce the arrears with the help of a tactical ride assisted 7-2 in Heat 7, but another Birks/Proctor 5-1 three races later put the Tigers into an unassailable 38-25 lead.

That advantage quickly moved on to 43-26 following the next race - this time Birks and Josh Bates taking the chequered flag - and although the hosts did finish stronger it was still a very good afternoon for Jack Lee’s men.

n SCUNTHORPE 40: Josh Auty 15, Carl Wilkinson 11, David Howe 6+1, Ellis Perks 3, Theo Pijper 3, Nike Lunna 2+1, Alex Davies 0.

n SHEFFIELD 53: Josh Bates 11+1, Andre Compton 9+2, Ashley Birks 9, Ty Proctor 8+2, Simon Stead 7+1, David Bellego 6+3, Arthur Sissis 3+2.

League Cup points: Scunthorpe 0 Sheffield 4.