Speedway Report: Glasgow Tigers 54 Sheffield Tigers 36
Sheffield saw their Knockout Cup hopes ended at Glasgow despite some promising early signs.
And in truth, the Owlerton side were made to pay for a sloppy first leg at home a fortnight ago when they failed to gain any advantage before heading to Scotland.
Skipper Kyle Howarth says it’s time for the team to knuckle down and focus on securing a play-off place in the Championship.
“We’re disappointed but we have to focus on Sunday and the home match with Scunthorpe in the league now,” he said.
“We have to get in the play-offs and as we know from experience anything can happen – we have to stay positive ahead of the weekend.”
They made a good start at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium with no lack of effort – but the Scottish side had the upper hand later on.
Talented teenager Drew Kemp fell in the opener when in third which cost Sheffield a 4-2 as Danny King romped to victory.
But reserve duo Broc Nicol and Zaine Kennedy notched a maximum in the next to put Simon Stead’s men 8-4 up.
Glasgow bounced back immediately, though, when Rasmus Jensen and Paul Starke managed to shake off the challenge of Howarth for a Glasgow maximum.
And Sheffield fell behind in Heat 4 when youngster Kyle Bickley won the battle with Zaine Kennedy to partner Danish star Claus Vissing for another home 5-1.
Jensen was it it again to edge out King in the next for another Glasgow 4-2 to put the hosts six-points up.
Howarth then pulled off a magnificent ride in Heat 7 to get the edge on Vissing and with Ty Proctor third Sheffield were back within four points.
Cumbrian racer Bickley, was impressive for Glasgow at Owlerton, rode brilliantly to partner James Sarjeant for a maximum over Kemp and Nicol to restore the eight-point lead Glasgow. And a well times 5-1 in the next for the home side gave them a 12-point cushion which Sheffield were never going to recover from.
After missing the gate in Heat 10 Craig Cook blasted his way past Howarth and Proctor to keep his side 12-up and there was no way back.
Sunday’s Owlerton clash with Scunthorpe – when kids go free – starts at the new regular tapes up of 5.30.
GLASGOW: Craig Cook 14, Rasmus Jensen 12, Paul Starke 8+4, Kyle Bickley 8+1, Claus Vissing 8, James Sarjeant 3+2, Connor Coles 1.
SHEFFIELD: Danny King 9, Kyle Howarth 9, Broc Nicol 8, Ty Proctor 4+1, Zaine Kennedy 3+1, Kasper Andersen 2+1, Drew Kemp 1.