TIGERS went agonisingly close to a sensational away win over Rye House in their first Premier League outing of the season on Saturday.
They went into the last race on a track where they have suffered massive defeats in the past just two-points down and it was home hero Chris Neath who completed a five-ride maximum and the victory for the Rockets.
But Eric Boocock’s men still had the consolation of a point for their trouble because of losing by less than six.
Said Boocock: “It’s such a tough place to visit so for us to come away with a point is something at least and I guess you would have taken that if you were offered it before the meeting.
“It would have been a massive result if we could have just got the win in that last race but it wasn’t to be. We still have to look at this as a positive.”
Josh Auty continued his fine start to the season with 13+1 from six outings. He was handed an extra ride as he covered for the injured Emiliano Sanchez and was also included in the all-important Heat 15.
Tigers were never able to take the lead and were 34-26 down with five heats to go but refused to surrender and Auty had fine support from Shane Parker, Ricky Ashworth and Simon Lambert.
They chipped away at the Rye House advantage and needed a 4-2 from Heat 15 to draw the meeting.
But Neath did his job superbly for the Rockets and Tigers will be looking for their first league win when Berwick visit Owlerton on Thursday.
n RYE HOUSE 46: Chris Neath 15, Jordan Frampton 10, Jason Doyle 7, Luke Bowen 5+3, Ritchie Hawkins 5, Nelson 3, Ben Morley 1.
n SHEFFIELD 44: Josh Auty 13+1, Ricky Ashworth 9+1, Shane Parker 8+2, Simon Lambert 7+2, Hugh Skidmore 4, Byron Bekker 3+1, Emiliano Sanchez r/r.