Speedway: Play off win at Wolves puts Sheffield in strong position as Robert Lambert guests for Tai Woffinden
Sheffield Tigers win at Wolves in speedway premiership play-off semi-final first leg as Lambert stands in for Woffinden
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With British grand prix star Robert Lambert, along with Richard Lawson and Drew Kemp standing in for the injured trio of former world champion Tai Woffenden, Tobiasz Musielak and Claus VIssing, the TruPlant Tigers won 40-50 away in the Sports Insure Premiership semi-final first leg, at a Wolves track where they had lost at both their previous visits this season.
Sheffield boss Simon Stead says he couldn’t have asked for more from his makeshift side as they took a big step towards the Sports Insure Premiership Grand Final.
After Kyle Howarth got the visitors off to a great start, winning the first heat, alongside Lambert, to give team a 4-2 heat advantage, the South Yorkshire side won 11 of the 15 races in total, rounding off with nine straight heat victories to help them build up the ten point advantage.
Sheffield’s guest selections paid off with Robert Lambert and Richard Lawson top scoring with 22 points between them while stand-in reserve Drew Kemp also came up with a big win in Heat Nine when he led home the first 5-1 of the semi-final.
Elsewhere, regular Tigers Kyle Howarth, Josh Pickering and Chris Holder also all enjoyed two race wins apiece whilst Rising Star Jason Edwards added a couple of points from the reserves race.
It was a display which now makes the Tigers huge favourites to progress from Thursday’s (September 28, 7.30) second leg at Owlerton.
Proud manager Stead said: “It was 100 per cent effort from every single one of the lads.”
“They rode their socks off in every single heat, they battled for places when they were out of positions, consolidated clever points in other heats and they did everything and more than I could’ve asked for.
“They were fabulous on track, they’ve been a great bunch of lads all helping each other in the pits as well and we’ve seen a fantastic result because of their hard work and determination.”
Stead also praised the healthy number of travelling Sheffield supporters who made their voices heard on the Monmore Green terraces.
“The fans played their part,” he said.
“We could hear them in great numbers giving us every bit of support and that made a difference.
“We can’t thank them enough for their backing yet again - and don’t underestimate the role they can play again on Thursday at Owlerton.”
The second leg is at Owlerton on Thursday (September 28, 7.30)
Wolverhampton 40: Sam Masters 7+1, Steve Worrall 7, Ryan Douglas 6, Zach Cook 5+2, Leon Flint 5+1, Rory Schlein 5, Luke Becker 5.
Sheffield 50: Robert Lambert 12+1, Richard Lawson 10+1, Kyle Howarth 8, Josh Pickering 8, Chris Holder 6, Drew Kemp 4, Jason Edwards 2.