Speedway: Scunthorpe 50 Sheffield Tigers 38

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GUTSY Sheffield Tigers went agonisingly close to a League Cup point at rivals Scunthorpe last night.

The Owlerton side, who had gained points in their opening two fixtures to lead the group, were denied late on by a series of hard luck incidents.

Brilliant skipper Simon Stead blew an engine as he was leading Heat 13 - but that was only the beginning.

It proved costly as the home side claimed a 3-2 advantage with former Tigers man Josh Auty beating Ricky Wells after David Howe had crashed.

And when former Scunthorpe man Richard Hall fell in the vital last race it was all over as the race was stopped and restarted with only Stead for Sheffield.

Just to rub salt into Sheffield’s wounds, Stead shed a chain in the re-run to hand Scunthorpe a gift 5-0 which gave the scoreline a flattering appearance.

And whilst the Scorpions were always likely winners on the night, Sheffield kept themselves in contention with some determined racing.

Tigers boss David Hoggart said he was disappointed but felt Tigers were unlucky: “We are gutted, that’s the only way to describe it.

“We should have had something from a meeting which took place on a tricky track.

“I also felt we were unlucky in certain situations and we have to move on and focus on Thursday against Leicester.”

* SCUNTHORPE: Josh Auty 11+2, Ashley Birks 11+1, Tomas Jorgensen 8, David Howe 8, Michael Palm-Toft 6+2, Ryan Douglas 6+2, Josh Bates 0.

* SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead 8, Richard Hall 8, Ricky Wells 6+1, Joe Haines 5+1, Facundo Albin 4+1, Damien Koppe 4, Jake Knight 3.