Speedway report: Sheffield Tigers 48 Berwick 42

Ben Wilson, David Bellego, Simon Stead and Claus Vissing in action at Owlerton last night as Sheffield Tigers took on Berwick
Ben Wilson, David Bellego, Simon Stead and Claus Vissing in action at Owlerton last night as Sheffield Tigers took on Berwick
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Struggling Sheffield got back to winning ways as they edged a 48-42 victory over Berwick at Owlerton.

The resilient Tigers came out in top in an entertaining clash, although they narrowly missed out on all three points in a tense last heat decider as they missed out on the chance to climb off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Joe Screen’s side made a perfect start with back to back wins for local lad Ben Wilson leading them to a ten point lead after just three races.

However, Berwick gradually chipped away at the deficit, and after Josh Bates took an awkward tumble in heat eight, David Bellego edged a scintillating battle with Taylor Poole to move the Bandits within six.

With their grip of the meeting in danger of being loosened, Sheffield looked set to give themselves some breathing space as they gated on a 5-1 in heat 11.

Yet Bellego fought past Wilson and Nico Covatti to prevent them extending their advantage - although they were handed a slice of fortune when Matthew Wethers was struck by a puncture in the very next race.

With a six point lead entering the closing stages, inspirational skipper Simon a Stead roared to victories in heats 13 and looked set to see his side edge all three points.

But he was squeezed out in a tight first bend and could only manage second place as Berwick snatched a consolation point in heat 15.

With Stead in typically inspired form to lead the side, fans’ favourite Wilson also impressed as his upturn in form continues whilst flying Aussie Taylor Poole put in a typically all-action showing in the middle order.

Leigh Lanham and Nico Covatti also made vital contributions from the heat-leader positions - and with youngster Josh Bates notching a solid 4+1 at reserve the Tigers claimed a narrow win.

SHEFFIELD 48: Simon Stead 13+1, Ben Wilson 13, Taylor Poole 8+1, Leigh Lanham 7+1, Josh Bates 4+1, Nico Covatti 3+2, Andre Compton R/R

BERWICK 42: David Bellego 13, Kevin Doolan 9+2, Matej Kus 9, Matthew Wethers 6, Claus Vissing 3, James Sarjeant 2, Steen Jensen R/R