SHEFFIELD failed to replicate their marvellous comeback from Thursday ad they crashed to defeat at Edinburgh.
The Tigers went to Scotland full of optimism after Thursday’s display but that was immediately foiled by an Edinburgh side well dialled in on their tricky home circuit.
Armadale is a traditionally tough place for visitors to get points from and Sheffield were no exception. They struggled for heat winners, they had just three out of the 15 heats, and many of Thursday’s heroes failed to deliver the points they are capable of.
They were on the back foot from the off and rather than pull of another miracle escape, they gradually feel further behind. They were 12 points down after eight heats, and in that time they’d won just two heats.
Ricky Wells, eager to prove a point after a string of disappointing scores, raced to six points from a tactical ride in heat nine and looked like he had offered his side a lifeline. A string of Edinburgh heat advantages soon dispelled any hope Sheffield had of getting something from the meeting, and it was comfortable in the end.
Ricky Wells top-scored for the Tigers with paid eleven, although that was inflated by his double points, and Joe Haines continued his consistency with a valuable eight. Back-up was sparse from there, with Emiliano Sanchez the next best scorer with six plus two.
New boy Chris Schramm notched an impressive paid seven, but number one Pepe Franc had a rare dip as he only registered six. Two of Sheffield’s most reliable scorers, Hugg Skidmore and Richard Hall, had major off-nights as they scored just a solitary point between them.
Despite the score line, co-boss David Hoggart is hesitant to criticise his team.
He said: “Edinburgh has been a trick track for us for over a decade now, it has always caused us problems. It is a place that you need to ride more than once or twice a year and you have to hope that Edinburgh have an off night.
“Unfortunately they were on it tonight and they beat us fair and square. Richard Hall had mechanical problems while Hugh Skidmore fell whilst twice in scoring positions, so we didn’t have great luck.”
Edinburgh: (Tully 15, Cook 13+2, Wethers 9+1, Sneddon 7+1, Pijper 7+1, Dyer 3+1, Wright 2.)
Sheffield: (Wells 10+1, Haines 8, Sanchez 6+2, Schramm 6+1, Franc 6, Skidmore 1, Hall 0.)