Speedway: Plymouth Devils 55 Sheffield Tigers 38

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SHEFFIELD failed to inflict another home defeat on Plymouth as they left the tiny St Boniface Arena pointless.

The Devon circuit is the smallest in the league and couldn’t be any different to the Owlerton track that the Tigers are used to.

Plymouth have made their home less than a fortress this year but they made Sheffield pay for having an off night and the Yorkshiremen never really looked in the contest.

They got off to a slow start, with only ex-Devil Ricky Wells winning their first race, and we’re six points down after the first round of heats. That was quickly extended to eight, but the Tigers packed in the minor places to keep things tight.

They were dealt a further blow when Chris Schramm, who has picked up his form recently, was withdrawn from the meeting after a crash in heat three. The hammer blow was dealt in heat 10 when the home team got a huge 5-1 to extend their lead to 12 and put clear distance between the sides.

From that point the victory was comfortable, despite Sheffield giving themselves a chance of a point with a 7-2 from Pepe Franc and Hugh Skidmore in heat 11. Another quick comeback from the home side put paid to any Sheffield turnaround and Plymouth held on comfortably.

Sheffield, who now trek to Berwick for tonight’s League Cup clash.

n Plymouth: Barker 15, Fisher 10+1, Gathercole 9, Kurtz 6+2, Ksiezak 6+1, Holder 5+1, Glanz 4.

n Sheffield: Franc 12+1 , Wells 7+1, Sanchez 7+1, Skidmore 5, Hall 4, Haines 3+1, Schramm 0.