Sheffield Tigers turn on the style to beat big guns Plymouth

Sliding to defeat: Plymouth in the lead but were second best at Owlerton.              Picture: andy garner
Sliding to defeat: Plymouth in the lead but were second best at Owlerton. Picture: andy garner
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Sheffield Tigers 50 Plymouth 43

SHEFFIELD produced another outstanding team performance to claim all three league points against a powerful Plymouth.

The Tigers needed a win in their quest to avoid a scrap for the Premier League wooden spoon and once again they had key riders who stepped up to the plate.

Plymouth have arguably the most powerful heat-leader trio in the league and it was always going to need a collective effort from the home side, but they got just that as all six Tigers’ riders played their part.

Sheffield took an early lead and in honesty they were always in charge, without ever being comfortable. A slender early lead was extended to 16 points after nine heats and it did look then like the Tigers might be home and dry, but they know from past experience that a meeting is never over until the 15 heats have been completed.

Plymouth hit back with a 7-2 and then two consecutive 4-2’s and that gave them a chance of at least one league point. The spirited Tigers held on though, with Richard Hall and Ricky Wells producing when needed to hold on for a seven point win and all three valuable league points.

Wells was undoubtedly Sheffield’s star man as he came in with paid-15, but he was ably backed up by his skipper Hall - he registered two wins in his 11.

Hugh Skidmore continued his return to form with paid-11, Joe Haines chipped in with a vital seven and three and guest Michael Palm Toft proved to be a good addition with paid seven.

Team boss David Hoggart said: “We seemed to be in the right place at the right time and we put a lot in tonight.

TIGERS: Wells 13+2, Hall 11, mSkidmore 8+3, Haines 7+3, Palm Toft (G) 5+2, Schramm 3, Rider Replacement.