SPEEDWAY: Machin upset by Tigers loss

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Newcastle 54

Sheffield Tigers 38

SHEFFIELD again paid the price for having a missing reserve as a lack of lower end strength cost them at Newcastle last night.

The Tigers went in with guest Adam McKinna alongside Joe Haines at number six but they were completely dominated by their opponents as Worrall brothers. Richie and Steve, outscored them 15 points to four.

That was where the meeting was lost for the Tigers as the top five held up well, with Ricky Wells and Pepe Franc impressing in particular. Wells was made to work hard for his 11 points while Franc continued his magnificent form from the Czexh Republic Grand Prix with a useful 12.

Sheffield kept the early exchanges close and with seven heats gone they were just four points behind, meaning they were well on their way to a handy away point. The home side kicked on from the half-way stage though as the Tigers fell further and further behind.

Emiliano Sanchez started with two excellent wins but could only manage another point from his next two rides, while Hugh Skidmore struggled after a paid win in his first race and registered just paid four. Joe Haines couldn’t replicate his Owlerton form and scored four points, and captain Richard Hall had a night to forget with one plus a bonus.

Boss Neil Machin said; “It certainly wasn’t our finest hour and it was a fairly disjointed performance. We struggled on an inconsistent track and it’s a disappointing result.”

TIGERS: Franc 12, Wells 11, Sanchez 7, Skidmore 3+1, Haines 4, Hall 1+1, McKinna 0.