Skidmore crash overshadows late win

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SHEFFIELD hit back with a vengeance as they overcame Redcar via a last heat decider in a titanic battle at Owlerton last night, but it may have come at a cost.

The city side were trailing for much of the meeting but refused to let their visitors pull away and they showed excellent character to bring it back, but the night ended with Hugh Skidmore leaving in an ambulance.

They led briefly after heat six but two heats later they were back behind, before Pepe Franc passed Justin Sedgmen to join Hugh Skidmore for a 4-2 in heat 10 to bring the home side level.

The scores remained just that until Czech GP hero Franc teamed up with Emiliano Sanchez for a huge 5-1 in heat 13, before Richard Hall and Joe Haines grabbed a heat 14 3-3.

That meant the tie went down to the last race but a horrific crash between Skidmore and Ulrich Ostergaard marred the evening. Skidmore fell while in second and Ostergaard couldn’t avoid him, which resulted in the Aussie being taken to hospital.

It put a dampener on a good evening for Sheffield. Captain Richard Hall said: “It was looking like a good night for us when me and Skiddy made the start in the last race and we were riding together for a 5-1.

“I didn’t see what happened after that but obviously Skiddy went down and we just have to hope he’s okay. He’s been transferred to the hospital but we aren’t quite sure exactly what’s happened yet. It was a tough night and Redcar ran us close, but it’s a bit sour now with Hugh’s injury.”

n TIGERS: Hall 12+1, Skidmore 9+1, Sanchez 7+1, Wells 6+1, Franc 6, Haines 5+2, Graversen (G) 2+2.

n REDCAR: Ostergaard 12, Kus 11+1, Summers 7, Sedgmen 6+2, Dilger 4, Wilkinson 2+1, Jones 1+1.