Sheffield Tigers 44 Workington 49
SHEFFIELD Tigers crashed to their third defeat in a week when they were beaten narrowly by Workington at Owlerton last night.
They got off to a terrible start and found themselves 10 points down after seven heats, and at that stage it looked like Workinton were going to win comfortably. However, inspired by two big heat advantages in heats eight and nine, they fought back and a comeback looked on the cards.
It wasn’t to be, though, as the visitors held on to win courtesy of a heat 14 5-1 from Adam Roynon and Kyle Howarth. Sheffield showed spirit and there were again positive signs, but ultimately they couldn’t drag themselves over the finish line.
Hugh Skidmore led from the front with an excellent 14 points return, and Josef Franc looked bright with eight paid nine. Richard Hall had a retirement amongst his eight points, while Ricky Wells showed signs of getting up to speed on his new home circuit with five paid six.
Emiliano Sanchez recorded five, Klaus Jakobsen struggled for speed and didn’t score, and reserve partner Joe Haines failed to replicate last week’s form as he notched four. It was a tough night for the Tigers, who were always going to find it difficult against one of the league’s strongest septets.
Joint team-manager David Hoggart said: “Of course it’s disappointing to lose and to have to use a tactical ride at home. We lost fair and square to a very good side.”
Meanwhile, promoter Neil Machin has initiated a ‘Kids for a quid’ scheme for the next two weeks.
“With it being the Easter holidays we are inviting under-16’s to come to Owlerton for just a pound,” he said. “It isn’t reliant on being with an adult, as long as you are under 16 you will gain admission for a quid.
“We want to get as many youngsters down here as we can and hopefully the response is positive.”