SHEFFIELD were unable to halt Glasgow’s seemingly inexorable march towards the Premier League title at Ashfield last night.
Tigers battled away and were in contention for a point at least throughout much of the meeting – but the absence of Ricky Ashworth, who was hurt in Sunday’s Premier League Riders’ Championship, undoubtedly proved costly.
By contrast, the home side were at full strength, in marked contrast to how they would have started when the meeting was controversially postponed midway through the season.
Tigers No.1 Shane Parker, who spent six successful seasons with the Scottish club, led the way for his current side with two race wins, but it was generally the home side who dominated in that department.
Joe Screen and James Grieves were on top form, and teenage sensation Nick Morris made up for the non-performance of his countryman Richard Sweetman in the Glasgow middle-order as the home side made the perfect start with a 5-1 over Parker in Heat 1, before Simon Lambert got Sheffield on the board by winning the reserves’ race.
Parker rode a fine first lap to get his first win in Heat 5 but they were then hit by another 5-1 reverse in the next race and Emiliano Sanchez crashed out of Heat 7.
When Tigers dropped 10 points down, Josh Auty was nominated for double-points in Heat 9, but he beaten by Morris. Parker rode strongly to defeat Grieves in Heat 11 but two 4-2s put Glasgow in charge, and when Sanchez went for double in the penultimate race he lost out to newcomer David Bellego.
Sheffield needed a 5-1 in the last race to salvage a point but the hosts took a maximum of their own through Screen and Grieves.