Speedway: Redcar 45 Sheffield Tigers 45

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Super Sheffield roared to the top of the Premier League table after a dramatic 45-45 draw at Redcar.

The tremendous Tigers put in another gutsy team effort – only being denied a last-gasp away win by former favourite David Bellego.

The French racer saw off Simon Stead and Kyle Howarth in a tense heat 15 decider, although the Owlerton outfit claimed a well-deserved two points to leapfrog Peterborough and Glasgow to reach the second tier summit.

Despite being without influential duo Jason Garrity and Josh Bates through injury, the Yorkshiremen demonstrated their determination throughout as they looked to repeat their 51-41 win on home shale 24 hours earlier.

Skipper Stead stormed to two impressive wins early on, being partnered by guest Matej Kus in heat five to open up a six-point lead.

However, the home side drew level heading into the interval – and from that point on there was nothing to separate the sides in what was a tense contest throughout.

Middle order man Howarth pulled off the ride of the night as he bravely blasted from last to first in heat 13 – and when reserve Arthur Sissis won the penultimate race the visitors had high hopes of snatching victory.

Although they were forced to settle for two Premier League points, it was nonetheless a positive result to take from the Teesside track.

Sissis starred with paid double figures at reserve, recovering from a harsh exclusion in heat six to take the chequered flag on two occasions.

Stead and Howarth also offered vital firepower in the heat-leader positions with Garrity ruled out.

In-form young gun Dimitri Berge put in a strong showing whilst teenage racer Nathan Greaves won heat two in composed fashion to notch a creditable score.

The Tigers will now prepare to host a challenge match with National League outfit Cradley next Thursday (7.30) before returning to Premier League action with a mouth-watering clash with fellow title hopefuls Glasgow at Ashfield on Sunday, July 3.

Redcar 45: David Bellego 12+1, Lasse Bjerre 10, Hugh Skidmore 9, Tobias Busch 5+1, Carl Wilkinson 5, Simon Lambert 2+1, Lee Payne 2.

Sheffield 45: Simon Stead 10, Arthur Sissis 9+2, Kyle Howarth 9+1, Dimitri Berge 8, Matej Kus 5+1, Nathan Greaves 4, Jason Garrity r/r.