Chain of events turns joy into disaster for Sheffield Tigers

Double trouble: Guest David Bellego twice broke down while in front.                     Picture: andy garner
Double trouble: Guest David Bellego twice broke down while in front. Picture: andy garner
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Sheffield Tigers 47 Glasgow Tigers 48

SHEFFIELD’S Premier League hopes literally blew up in their faces as a string of mechanical failures cost them a win over Glasgow.

Sheffield suffered no fewer than five mechanical failures and two came when Glasgow had riders gunning for double points, as the Premier League champions gained their first away points of the season.

Team boss David Hoggart praised his side for their stunning start to the crushing win over Leicester last week and it seems to have become a habit for Sheffield, who opened up by dropping just two points in the first four races.

What was to follow would have to have been seen to be believed, David Bellego twice broke down when in front while Hugh Skidmore failed to get off the start line in his last two races. Skidmore wasn’t the only one to fail to finish in heat 13, as partner Ricky Wells did the same and that gifted Glasgow a rare 5-0.

It was an extraordinary night for the home side, with the visitors being gifted two 8-1 heat advantages to put themselves in with a real chance of nicking the win.

Sheffield needed to avoid conceding a 5-1 in heat 15 but the Glasgow pair made a brilliant start and held off the challenge of Ricky Wells to steal an unlikely victory.

Manager David Hoggart was dumfounded:“I’m shell-shocked, we had five chains go and that’s just unheard of. To have five different incidents of the same magnitude is incredible, and we threw away 14 points. We were home and dry, 15 points up, before the most horrendous luck.

“It’s devastating, and all the boys are down. Skidmore’s kit is normally very reliable, and I can’t remember Ricky Wells breaking down all year.”

Sheffield: Haines 14+1, Wells 10+1, Hall 8+2, Skidmore 8+1, Bellego 4+1, Schramm 2+1 Knight 1.

Glasgow: Screen 14+2, Grajczonek 14, Grieves 7, Bager 5+1, Wright 5+1, Campton 3+1, McKinna 0.