SHEFFIELD erased the memories of last week’s home defeat with a thoroughly professional performance at home to Ipswich last night.
The conditions were far from ideal, with consistent rain throughout the evening making the track very difficult to ride at Owlerton, and visibility was less than 100 per cent.
Despite that, the Tigers adapted admirably but they did have to survive a mid-meeting fightback from the away side.
Three heat advantages in four heats dragged the Witches right back in the contest and brought them to within two points of overhauling the Tigers.
Sheffield failed to implode however and showed their steel, with Ricky Wells leading the way with some big heat wins amongst his 14 points. Joe Haines was outstanding too and rattled in paid 12, including a vital win in heat 12 that pushed Sheffield six points ahead.
There were positives for the city side right through, with everyone contributing and covering the absence of Emiliano Sanchez, who is on the sidelines with a cracked scaphoid.
Richard Hall was his usual all-action self with paid nine points, Pepe Franc notched paid eight while Hugh Skidmore registered an impressive . Chris Schramm suffered some misfortune but battled to four points, including a last bend pass on Dakota North in heat 12 that gave the Tigers a bit of breathing space.
Team manager David Hoggart was delighted to see his side bounce back, saying: “Conditions were tough but the boys pulled it out of the bag and coped well.
“It was the same for both sides and we we adapted better.”
SHEFFIELD: (Wells 14, Haines 10+2, Skidmore 9, Hall 8+1, Franc 5+3, Schramm 4, Sanchez rider replacement.)
IPSWICH: (Tresarrieu 11, Lanham 11, North 9, Doolan 5+2, Risager 4+1, Tungate 1+1, Heeps 1.)