Match report: Sheffield Tigers 42 Rye House 48

Damien Koppe crashes in heat seven.
Damien Koppe crashes in heat seven.
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Sheffield’s terrible run of form continued as they were dumped out of the Premier League Knockout Cup by Rye House last night, losing 100-80 on aggregate.

The Tigers were always up against it after losing the first leg by 14 points but the very least they required was a home win and a strong challenge, but they crashed to their sixth straight defeat of the season.

Skipper Simon Stead was missing through injury but British number four Craig Cook stepped in and was an able deputy, but he couldn’t stop the rot for his adopted team.

Rye House were even weakened by the fact that Jason Garrity, in fabulous form, was withdrawn from the meeting after just one ride but the Rockets pulled off another marvelous performance.

The meeting was neck and neck the whole way through, with the teams swapping heat advantages until the visitors nicked into a four point lead with two heats remaining.

Richard Hall and Damien Koppe teamed up to peg two points back in heat 14 so as is often the case at Owlerton, it went down to the last heat.

Bizarrely neither side nominated their top rider for the final race, with Hall and Ricky Wells representing Sheffield, but they were rounded by the away duo and conceded a 5-1.

It was another dismal night for the Tigers who head to Somerset tomorrow in the league, but that is another hugely difficult fixture against a team tipped for the title at the start of the season. Rye House’s Oliver Allen guests for the injured Stead for Sheffield.

Sheffield scorers: Cook 10, Hall 9, Wells 8, Haines 6+1, Koppe 3+1, Knight 3, Albin 3