Super Sheffield battled to an excellent 53-40 win over neighbours Scunthorpe to claim local bragging rights at Owlerton last night.
Tigers kept their play-off push right on track with a hard-fought victory over the struggling Scorpions in an entertaining clash. Fans’ favourite Jason Garrity and star guest Brady Kurtz both struck paid maximums for the hosts to lead them to a much-needed win to move back into fourth in the Premier League table.
Despite being in control for the majority of the meeting, Jack Lee’s side showed plenty of character as they were forced to withhold a spirited Scunthorpe fight-back to earn their eight successive home victory.
After a close start, they made their breakthrough as debutant Nicolai Klindt stormed to a comprehensive victory in heat three, with partner David Bellego hunting down Theo Pijper and brilliantly slicing inside of the Scorpions man for second place on the final lap.
Having struck their first 5-1 of the evening, Garrity raced to victory to move them six clear in heat four before Bellego spectacularly prevailed over Scunthorpe debutant Zdenek Holub in another last lap scrap to preserve their advantage.
They were unfortunately stopped in their tracks as a nasty accident for Scorpions’ ace Ryan Douglas in a tight first bend saw him suffer a suspected broken leg in heat six, causing a lengthy delay as a County Ambulance arrived to take him to Northern General Hospital.
When the meeting resumed, the Tigers picked up where they left off with two comfortable 5-1s first courtesy of Kurtz and Paco Castagna then via Josh Bates and Garrity.
At that stage they looked on course for a crushing win – but the gritty Scorpions struck back in perfect fashion with Alex Davies delivering a huge 8-1 alongside Tero Aarnio as he took a tactical ride in heat eight.
When the Tigers were again left standing at the start in heat nine allowing Scunthorpe to strike another 5-1 it set up a tense finale.
No.1 Kurtz did his best to quell any nerves with a brave outside blast to take victory in heat 10 before Bates pressured Holub into a spectacular fall in heat 11 which converted a Garrity win into a timely heat advantage.
Another blockbuster race involving Bellego saw him fend off Pijper for victory in heat 12 to keep his side in the driving seat before the unstoppable Garrity and Kurtz overhauled Holub to deliver a crucial maximum in heat 13.
Having wrapped up victory, the unbeaten pair both completed memorable paid maximums to put the icing on the cake in heat 15 and ensure Sheffield moved back above Somerset and into fourth in the Premier League table.
They return to action at Berwick on August 15 before hosting reigning Premier League Champions Edinburgh at Owlerton on Thursday, August 20(7.30).
SHEFFIELD 53: Jason Garrity 14+1, Brady Kurtz 13+2, Josh Bates 8, David Bellego 7+2, Nicolai Klindt 6+1, Paco Castagna 4+1, Arthur Sissis 1.
SCUNTHORPE 40: Tero Aarnio 13+2, Alex Davies 13, Theo Pijper 7, Nike Lunna 4+1, Ryan Douglas 2, Carl Wilkinson 1+1, Zdenek Holub 0.