Speedway report: Sheffield Tigers 45 Peterborough 45

Jason Garrity leads Ulrich Ostergaard , Lewis Blackbird and Ashley Birks Ht 3
Jason Garrity leads Ulrich Ostergaard , Lewis Blackbird and Ashley Birks Ht 3
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Depleted Sheffield claimed a 45-45 draw in a blockbuster top of the table clash with in-form Peterborough at Owlerton.

The Tigers ended the Panthers’ perfect start to the campaign, snatching a hard-fought draw in scintillating clash.

Brady Kurtz leads Craig Cook ,Michael Palm Toft and Andre Compton Ht 1

Brady Kurtz leads Craig Cook ,Michael Palm Toft and Andre Compton Ht 1

Despite missing out on the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table, it was nonetheless a gutsy effort from Jack Lee’s side to prevent them from suffering their second home defeat of the campaign.

The Owlerton outfit fell behind early on, but some expert team riding from Jason Garrity to shepherd home partner Arthur Sissis in heat eight saw the sides draw level.

The all-action Garrity then raced clear for his second victory of the night in the very next race to give the hosts the lead for the first time.

Yet they conceded a costly 5-1 in heat 12 to leave them with an uphill task entering the closing stages.

Andre Compton leads Ulrich Ostergaard ht 7

Andre Compton leads Ulrich Ostergaard ht 7

The sensational Garrity nonetheless completed a scintillating third to first blast to hit the front alongside Josh Bates in the penultimate race and ensure the sides entered heat 15 level.

With the faultless Brady Kurtz racing clear, the visitors looked set to snatch a dramatic victory – but Garrity forced his way past Panthers’ skipper Ulrich Ostergaard on the third lap to salvage a draw for his side.

Craig Cook stepped in and put in a strong display as he guested for injured No.1 Simon Stead, notching two race wins and helping Sheffield secure a point at the death.

Stand-in skipper Andre Compton continued his fine form, bouncing back from a last place in his final ride to again add double figures in the tough No.5 spot.

Josh Bates leads Oliver Greenwood and Arthur Sissis Ht 2

Josh Bates leads Oliver Greenwood and Arthur Sissis Ht 2

Talented young reserve duo Josh Bates and Arthur Sissis both added solid scores with battling efforts in the lower order as the hosts accounted for 11 race winners.

However, Ashley Birks endured another tough night whilst rider replacement yielded just two points in place of Ty Proctor as Sheffield narrowly missed out on a memorable win.

They will be back in action tonight looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to take on struggling Plymouth.

SHEFFIELD 45: Jason Garrity 12+1, Craig Cook 11+2, Andre Compton 10, Josh Bates 5+1, Arthur Sissis 4, Ashley Birks 3, Ty Proctor r/r

PETERBOROUGH 45: Brady Kurtz 15, Simon Lambert 12, Ulrich Ostergaard 9+2, Lewis Blackbird 5+3, Michael Palm Toft 3+1, Oliver Greenwood 1+1, Robert Lambert r/r