Battling Tigers move off bottom with win

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Sheffield moved off the bottom of the Premier League table as they fought to a 50-40 victory over Newcastle at Owlerton.

The battling Tigers put in an excellent display to claim their second consecutive win on home soil as they continue their upturn in form.

It has been an inconsistent start to the season for Joe Screen’s men, but they appear to be finally unlocking their undoubted potential as they leapfrogged Plymouth and Rye House to move up to 11th in the standings.

Two 5-1s in the opening four races ensured Sheffield established an early lead before back to back maximums in heats eight and nine saw them truly seize control.

Whilst Newcastle fought tirelessly to keep their hopes of a consolation point alive, the Tigers struck a devastating blow with their fifth 5-1 in the penultimate race of the night to seal all three points.

Aussie ace Ty Proctor was in flying form as he continues his upturn in fortunes, joining forces with Taylor Poole in his opening ride before fending off Stuart Robson and Lewis Kerr to win a scintillating heat seven.

He unfortunately ended his night on a sour night as he fell chasing Newcastle ace Danny King, but by that point his job was done and he had led Sheffield to victory.

It was fellow Australian Poole who top scored for the hosts with a typically determined showing as he proves a real trump card down at reserve, claiming three composed race wins to bolster the lower order.

Leigh Lanham and Andre Compton both impressed in the middle order, with the pair using all of their experience to snuff out Newcastle’s tactical ride in heat nine on their way to vital contributions.

Home favourite Ben Wilson also proved in fine form on his return to the club, racing to a 5-1 in heat one with Simon Stead before repeating the feat alongside Poole in heat eight as he added a hard-fought 6+2 at No.2.

Not even bike troubles for skipper Stead could stop the Tigers as they put in a powerful display to account for nine race winners.

All in all it was a superb all-around team performance for the Owlerton outfit to claim a confidence-boosting win.

n SHEFFIELD 50: Taylor Poole 12+1, Ty Proctor 10+1, Leigh Lanham 9+1, Andre Compton 7+1, Ben Wilson 6+2, Simon Stead 6, Lee Payne 0

n NEWCASTLE 40: Daniel King 11, Lewis Kerr 9, Stuart Robson 8+2, Chris Mills 5, Ludvig Lindgren 4, Lewis Rose 2+2, Nicki Barrett 1