Speedway: Stead on form but Sheffield Tigers still come unstuck

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Simon Stead was at his brilliant best with a 17-point haul as Tigers suffered defeat at Newcastle.

This was a much improved performance by Joe Screen’s men after their thumping defeat on Tyneside in the League Cup earlier in the season.

They left themselves with too much to do after suffering some early setbacks on the Brough Park track and the Diamonds claimed the maximum points.

Stead got the Owlerton outfit off to a perfect start with a composed win in heat one, they conceded back to back 5-1s to leave them instantly on the back foot.

By the end of heat seven the Diamonds had built up a 14-point advantage and the visitors’ hopes looked bleak.

Things then took another turn for the worse for the Tigers as Taylor Poole was forced to take avoiding action following a mistake from partner Josh Bates with the pair crashing heavily before eventually emerging unscathed.

Despite both avoiding injury, the re-run resulted in another Newcastle maximum, and when the first Sheffield tactical ride placed on Ty Proctor failed in heat nine their hopes appeared all but over.

Stead did provide a double points win backed up by partner Simon Nielsen whilst the skipper later joined forces with Proctor to help restore some pride although it was ultimately too little too late.

It was once again a night where the spectacular Stead provided the bulk of the Tigers’ firepower with little back-up, a scenario which is becoming an all too familiar tale.

Aussie ace Proctor and Simon Nielsen did offer creditable support, but experienced middle-order pair Leigh Lanham and Andre Compton conceded three 5-1s whilst Bates and Poole failed to make any notable impact.

Despite an encouraging late surge the Tigers were comfortably beaten in a tough away clash ensuring their poor run of form continues.

NEWCASTLE 53: Aaron Summers 13+1, Ludvig Lindgren 11, Danny King 10, Lewis Rose 8+3, Chris Mills 6+2, Simon Lambert 5+1, Lewis Kerr r/r.

SHEFFIELD 40: Simon Stead 17, Ty Proctor 6+1, Andre Compton 6, Simon Nielsen 5+2, Taylor Poole 3+1, Leigh Lanham 2, Josh Bates 1.