Speedway: Sheffield Tigers 53 Glasgow 37

Tigers Adam Roynon chases Joe Jacobs in heat four. Pic: Andy Garner.
Tigers Adam Roynon chases Joe Jacobs in heat four. Pic: Andy Garner.
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Sheffield put behind them a difficult week to pull off an impressive win over Glasgow at Owlerton.

A depleted Tigers side faced a recently revamped Glasgow without injured duo Simon Stead and Damien Koppe and the retired Joe Haines who quit on Tuesday - but they rallied to run out comfortable winners.

It didn’t start as planned, though, when the visitors rode into an early lead and it looked as if the Tigers were facing up to a tough night at Owlerton.

With Joe Haines’ rides covered by rider replacement and guest reserve Robert Branford struggling to get to grips with the track, it was down to a five-man Tigers side to do the business and they shared the responsibility between them in fine style.

Andre Compton, Facundo Albin, Adam Roynon, Richard Lawson and Ricky Wells all won races in the first half of the meeting but at the halfway stage the scores were still locked level.

Another victory for Compton followed by a Lawson-Wells 5-1 nudged the home side ahead by six, but the visitors refused to let them get away with two shared heats.

Adam Roynon has been one of the bright spots of Sheffield’s season and once again he showed he is getting to grips with Owlerton nicely - he teamed up with fellow Cumbrian Lawson for a maximum heat win in heat 13 to win the meeting for the Tigers and produce a great response from the crowd.

All three league points were confirmed when Albin, riding with rib injuries, and Compton did the same in the penultimate race, and then it was left to Lawson and Wells to wrap up the victory with a last-race 4-2.

Tigers head to Edinburgh on Friday with former Monarchs man Andrew Tulley deputising for Simon Stead and Branford continuing for Koppe.

* SHEFFIELD: Facundo Albin 11+1, Ricky Wells 11+1, Richard Lawson 11+1, Andre Compton 10+1, Adam Roynon 10, Rob Branford 0, Joe Haines R/R.