Speedway: Sheffield Tigers 46 Peterborough 44

LASSE BJERRE REARS IN FRONT OF TAYLOR POOLE START OF HT 6
LASSE BJERRE REARS IN FRONT OF TAYLOR POOLE START OF HT 6
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Sheffield hero Simon Stead signed off for World Cup duty on a high by ensuring victory for the Tigers in a Premier League nail-biter last night.

Stead and partner Andre Compton had to avoid being on the receiving end of a 5-1 in the finale to stop Peterborough snatching a draw at Owlerton.

Visiting pair Lasse Bjerre and Ulrich Ostergaard were quickest away from the tapes, but Great Britain man Stead scythed past the latter opponent to take second place and secure a hard-earned success for a patched-up Sheffield side.

The Tigers, featuring two guests and also using rider replacement for Ty Proctor after a spate of injuries, could call on some stellar performances from their few regulars on show.

Reserve Taylor Poole racked up a top-scoring 12+1 haul at reserve in front of his legendary father Mick, who has flown in from Australia, while Stead also finished on a dozen.

Middle-order men Andre Compton and Ben Wilson also scored well to help pull the Tigers away from the league basement.

Seven of the opening eight races ended in 4-2s – four of them going the way of the hosts as they edged ahead - but they suffered bad luck when guest Sam Masters hit the deck to earn an exclusion from heat 11. Bjerre and Lewis Blackbird made short work of the re-run to bring Panthers level.

Sheffield responded with a maximum of their own courtesy of Wilson and Poole to restore a four-point cushion and two shared heats left them on the brink of victory before Stead’s last stand saw them home.