Speedwsay: Sheffield Tigers duo struggle to hit top gear in Premier League Pairs event

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SHEFFIELD pair Ricky Wells and Richard Hall failed to make an impression on the Premier League Pairs event at Somerset last night.

The Tigers duo were fairly late call-up’s to the event and weren’t amongst the favourites, but it is an event that Sheffield have excelled in in recent years.

They struggled on a wet track and never looked like they would qualify from their group, with Hall in particular finding the track conditions difficult to deal with.

They started with a 7-2 against - the scoring system is 4,3,2,0 in pairs meetings - and from there it is always tough to recover. Ricky Wells looked like he was on for a win in their second heat but home rider James Wright passed him, and with Richard Hall retiring it was another heat deficit for the Tigers.

The next heat was no more successful with another 7-2 against with neither of the Sheffield rider’s in contention, and by then the night was all but over. The final heat saw the Tigers gain their only heat advantage of the night, packing in the minor places for a 5-4.

The event itself was won by Workington, who were the outstanding pair all evening. Adam Roynon and Rene Bach topped their group on 23 points and then won semi-final two to qualify for the final, where they were confirmed as winners when ex-Tiger Josh Auty fell and was excluded from the re-run.

Sheffield team boss David Hoggart said; “We had a lot of rain throughout the day and the track was pretty wet, but everyone adapted well.

“We found it tough and perhaps without the water the result may have been different, but the boys gave it their all and that’s all we ever ask.”

* Winners - Workington (Adam Roynon 19, Rene Bach 17.) 2nd - Scunthorpe (Thomas Jorgensen 18, Josh Auty 16.)

* Sheffield - 12 points (Ricky Wells 10, Richard Hall 2.)