Sheffield Tigers 59
SHEFFIELD will take a twenty-eight-point lead into tonight’s Knockout Cup second leg at Edinburgh following a good team performance at Owlerton last night.
Ricky Ashworth and Shane Parker were both unbeaten by a visiting rider with scores of 13+2 and 12+3 respectively and Simon Lambert also had a profitable night from the reserve berth with an 11+1 tally. Josh Auty made a healthy contribution of 9+1 and Hugh Skidmore had a couple of race wins in his 9-point score.
Ashworth and Skidmore put the Tigers ahead with a 4-2 in heat 1 and it was a lead they were never in danger of surrendering.
Auty went from third to first on his way to taking the chequered flag in race 3, with Emiliano Sanchez following home in third to earn another four-points.
Edinburgh quickly levelled things up with a Kevin Wolbert and Matt Wethers maximum in heat 5, but Sheffield restored their four-point advantage when Skidmore and Ashworth came from behind to register a 5-1 of their own in heat 6.
Good team-riding from Simon Lambert and Shane Parker immediately resulted in another five-pointer, and when Skidmore and Ashworth repeated the feat in heat 10, the Tigers were 35-25 ahead.
Eric Boocock’s men then went from strength-to-strength as they finished the meeting at a blistering pace.
A 4-2 was the result of heat 11 and this was followed by an incredible four successive 5-1s. The Tigers will head to Scotland full of confidence for the decisive second leg with a big lead to defend.
SHEFFIELD 59: Ricky Ashworth 13+2, Shane Parker 12+3, Simon Lambert 11+1, Josh Auty 9+1, Hugh Skidmore 9, Emiliano Sanchez 4, Ashley Birks 1+1
EDINBURGH 31: Matthew Wethers 10+1, Kyle Howarth 8, Andrew Tully 5, Kevin Wolbert 4, Craig Cook 3+2, Lee Dicken 1, Kalle Katajisto 0