SHEFFIELD are through to the Knockout Cup quarter-finals – despite a major scare at Edinburgh last night.
Tigers were grateful for their 28-point first leg lead as the Monarchs fought back strongly on their home circuit, but Eric Boocock’s side held on to set up a last-eight clash almost certainly against Workington.
Edinburgh made a flying start and they were on schedule after six races with a 25-11 advantage on the night despite Simon Lambert’s Heat 2 win – and Tigers also lost Emiliano Sanchez, who crashed in each of his first two rides and was withdrawn from the rest of the meeting.
Shane Parker steadied the ship in Heat 7 for the Tigers with a 4-2, but the absence of Sanchez helped the hosts to another 5-1 in Heat 9, and when Kevin Wolbert overhauled Parker in the next race Sheffield only had 10 points of their aggregate lead remaining.
The next two races were shared and that left Edinburgh needing three 5-1s to snatch the overall win.
They achieved the first of those thanks to Wolbert and Craig Cook over Ricky Ashworth in Heat 13, but Parker and Lambert leapt from the start in Heat 14 for a 5-1 over Kalle Katajisto to secure Tigers’ progression.