Sheffield Tigers 39
SHEFFIELD team boss David Hoggart fumed as his side again failed to capitalise on a good start to slip to another heavy defeat at Glasgow last night.
The Tigers have had a dreadful run of away results recently and travelled to Ashfield with hope rather than expectation, but a strong beginning gave them a chance to push on for a positive result.
Co-boss Hoggart was livid that his side failed to compete for all 15 heats after making a positive start to the meeting, saying: “It was just the usual stuff really, we had a steady start and got in to a good position then let it slip.
“Chris Schramm rode his heart out Ricky Wells was on fire, Josef Franc was there or thereabouts and then the rest of them were at a different meeting to everybody else.
“We had about 30 people who made the trek up to Glasgow, many staying over in hotels and then you feel like half of the team didn’t fancy being there.”
The two teams traded heat advantages in the opening stages of the meeting, taking it in turns to share the lead, and Sheffield looked poised to seriously threaten the Premier League champions.
As has so often been the case this year though, the opposition gathered momentum in the middle of the meeting and three consecutive advantages for the home side put Sheffield 10 down after 10 heats.
Pepe Franc won a tactical double ride for the second match in a row and dragged his team back in the contest, but like Thursday’s home defeat Sheffield didn’t build on that platform.
A further string of wins for Glasgow built the lead further and once again, the Tigers were left wondering what might have been.
GLASGOW: Grieves 12, Grajczonek 11+1, Campton 8+2, Screen 8+2, Wright 8+1, Bager 7+1, Sitera 0.
TIGERS: Wells 14, Franc 11, Schramm 6+1, Hall 4, McKinna (G) 3, Skidmore 1, Rider Replacement.