Speedway: Sheffield Tigers 32 Plymouth 30

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Unfortunate Sheffield saw their injury troubles return as they edged a 32-30 win against Plymouth on an eventful night at Owlerton.

The Tigers appeared to have got over the worst of their problems entering the closing stages of the campaign – yet their dreadful misfortune returned just three heats into their clash with the Devils.

A tight first bend saw Leigh Lanham and Taylor Poole tangle with Rasmus Jensen, causing all three to hit the air fence in spectacular fashion.

The collision forced all three riders to withdraw due to their injuries and caused a lengthy delay to proceedings.

Lanham, who only recently returned from a back injury, was unable to continue due to a hand injury whilst popular Aussie Poole suffered a suspected broken leg in a nasty tangle which overshadowed the meeting.

With Andre Compton still sidelined with his head injury, the incident left the Tigers reduced to just four riders – but they displayed sublime character to edge a miraculous win.

A brilliant performance from in-form reserve Ben Wilson led them to an unlikely win under difficult circumstances.

On a hectic evening, Wilson raced to four wins in the opening five races, including a vital victory over Olly Allen as the Devils man took a tactical ride.

With Nico Covatti and Josh Bates racing to a 5-1 in the only race not involving Wilson, the Tigers held an eight point advantage after six heats and were on course for an unlikely win.

However, Plymouth struck back to back maximums in heats seven and eight to draw level and appeared set to pull clear in the closing stages.

Yet Wilson and skipper Simon Stead joined forces to see Sheffield edge clear in what proved to be the final race of the night as the clash was abandoned due to curfew.

Both Wilson and Stead had put in remarkable performances prior to their late heroics which saw Sheffield snatch an unlikely win at the conclusion of a chaotic evening.

With both local lads piling up the points to lead the injury-hit Tigers, all-action No.5 Nico Covatti also raced to a vital race win as he continues to get to grips with life in the Premier League.

With youngster Josh Bates also putting in a solid display prior to a heat seven fall, all four remaining Sheffield riders impressed as they incredibly came out on top thanks to a resilient performance.

SHEFFIELD 32: Ben Wilson 16+2, Simon Stead 9, Nico Covatti 4, Josh Bates 3+1, Taylor Poole 0, Leigh Lanham 0, Andre Compton R/R

PLYMOUTH: Sam Simota 9+1, James Wright 6, Josef Franc 5, Kyle Newman 4+2, Olly Allen 4, Roland Benko 1+1, Rasmus Jensen 1+1