Sheffield Tigers: Stead leads way in great Tigers win

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Sheffield Tigers new era got off to a stunning start with a brilliant League Cup win at Scunthorpe by 48-42.

Tigers, under the management of Joe Screen, shocked their Lincolnshire rivals with a devastating late-meeting burst – and the away win automatically makes them favourites to reach the competition semi-finals.

Skipper Simon Stead was in outstanding form, beaten only by Anders Mellgren in the first race, and the power of Andre Compton at reserve was also evident – ironically after he had missed out on winning Heat 2.

The eventual outcome didn’t appear to be on the cards when the home side led by six points at the halfway stage.

But Compton and Adam Roynon launched the comeback with a 5-1 in Heat 9, they were right back in it and Tigers’ momentum built from there.

Compton then teamed up with debutant Leigh Lanham to see off Thomas Jorgensen in Heat 12 to put the visitors ahead.

They immediately built on their advantage with another big 5-1 in the next as Josh Auty crashed out.

Roynon, who had two terrific battles with Mellgren, got the better of the Swede on the third lap to join Stead up-front.

Although Scorpions skipper Ashley Birks won Heat 14, a shared race was enough for Tigers fans to celebrate victory on the road.

SCUNTHORPE 42: Anders Mellgren 10+1, Ashley Birks 10+1, Josh Auty 7, Thomas Jorgensen 5+1, James Sarjeant 5+1, David Howe 5, Matt Williamson 0.

SHEFFIELD 48: Simon Stead 14, Andre Compton 10+1, Adam Roynon 8+2, Leigh Lanham 7+1, Josh Bates 5, Taylor Poole 2+2, Simon Nielsen 2.

n Former Tigers star Richard Hall returns to Owlerton tonight to race in the Air Fence Fund Bonanza (7.45).

Hall replaces the unavailable Rory Schlein in the event which launches the new home season.

All profits from the meeting will help towards the expense of the new air barrier under 2014 regulations.