Match report: Ipswich 60 Sheffield Tigers 32

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Sheffield’s injury curse refuses to go away as they lost another two riders in a spirited 60-32 defeat at Ipswich last night.

Already facing an uphill task against one of the league’s strongest sides, the task became almost impossible when guest rider Olly Allen withdrew from the meeting after falling in the first race - leaving the Tigers without a number one for the entire meeting.

They shocked their opponents with some excellent performances early on but then disaster struck when new signing Simon Lambert crashed in heat seven, suffering a suspected broken ankle, and that meant that they were down to just four riders.

That meant that, due to mechanical issues for Danny Maassen, Sheffield had to run five races with just one rider and predictably the home side went about building a sizeable lead.

It’s the story of the Tigers’ season and they’ll be glad to end a year decimated by injuries with the hope that they can start a fresh next season.

As is now customary Ricky Wells topped the score-chart, racing to a hard-earned 14 points (including a retirement) while it was a battling display by Andre Compton, who scored paid-nine on his first visit to the re-shaped Foxhall circuit.

*Sheffield scorers: Wells 14, Compton 8+1,Albin 7+2, Lambert 3+1, Maassen 0, Allen 0, Roynon R/R.