Bottom’s up as Sheffield Tigers reserves blast Berwick

Owlerton star: Emiliano Sanchez in action during last night's meeting.                Picture: andy garner
Owlerton star: Emiliano Sanchez in action during last night's meeting. Picture: andy garner
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Sheffield Tigers 54 Berwick 42

SHEFFIELD proved they had plenty in reserve as their lower order fired them to a comfortable win over Berwick last night.

This Sheffield team was designed to have a strong bottom end and that came to fruition as the Tigers reserves powered through Berwick to inspire the home side to second in the Premier League Cup table.

Joe Haines looked back to his best as he won three races on his way to an 11-point haul, while partner Emiliano Sanchez was once again unbeaten by an opponent.

The Tigers got off to a flying start with two 5-1s in the first four heats, with only former Owlerton favourite Lee Complin winning a race for the visitors. They did hit back briefly with a maximum advantage in heat six, but Sheffield responded with three of their own to extend their lead to 16 points after nine races.

Complin again showed his liking for the track with a tactical points win in heat 10, while another former Tiger, Ricky Ashworth, did the same in the following heat.

That wasn’t enough for Berwick to make an impression, though, with all seven Sheffield riders firing. The home side were never troubled from that point and went on to collect a comfortable victory.

Team boss David Hoggart was pleased to see his reserves in the points.

He said: “I’m delighted with the boys, Emiliano is really going places now and Joe thoroughly deserved his place in heat 15. It’s great to see both of them scoring big for us and I hope it continues.

“The way they are going they will cause a lot of teams a lot of problems.”

Sheffield: (Haines 10+1, Franc 10+1, Sanchez 9+3, Skidmore 7+1, Hall 7+1, Wells 6+1, Schramm 5+2).

Berwick: (Ashworth 15+2, Complin 14+2, Tomicek 5, Morris (G) 3, King 3, Bellego 2, Branford 0.)