TIGERS gave a solid all-round team performance to keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League table with a hard fought win at Leicester.
Eric Boocock’s men edged out a revamped home side who had made three major moves in the transfer market.
It was an impressive display by the Owlerton men with everyone playing their part in gaining the three league points that moved them four clear of second placed Glasgow.
Shane Parker headed the scorechart with 10+1, but there were also important contributions from Simon Lambert and Josh Auty who totalled 9+2 apiece and Emiliano Sanchez with 8. The scorers were tied at 18-18 after six races, but when Auty and Sanchez put them ahead with a 4-2 in Heat 7 it was a lead they never relinquished.
Sheffield held the upper hand with a couple of 5-1s in Heats 8 and 10, but Leicester kept themselves in the contest with 4-2s in races 9 and 11.
With four races to go the Tigers led 36-30 and they increased their advantage to ten-points with successive 4-2s in Heats 12 and 13.
This signalled the opportunity for Lions new recruit Magnus Karlsson to go for double-points in the penultimate race and he used his ride to the maximum by taking the chequered flag for six-points. But with the Tigers duo of Sanchez and Lambert following the Swede home they had done enough to secure the win.
Leading by seven all that was left to race for now in Heat 15 was the four full league points, but they sadly missed out on that when maximum man Karlsson and Kauko Nieminen blasted from the gate to beat Parker and Auty.
n LEICESTER 45: Karlsson 18, Nieminen 9+1, Bager 5, Wright 5, Gravesen 4, Bonderenko 3, Morris 1+1.
n SHEFFIELD 48: Parker 10+1, Lambert 9+2, 9+2, Sanchez 8, Skidmore 6+1, Ashworth 5, Pickard 1.