Sheffield Tigers are convincing as Skidmore leads the way

Ending the slide: Hugh Skidmore is first into the corner last night at Owlerton.   Picture: andy garner
Ending the slide: Hugh Skidmore is first into the corner last night at Owlerton. Picture: andy garner

Sheffield Tigers 51 Workington 42

SHEFFIELD Tigers returned to form with a nine-point victory over Workington last night at Owlerton.

The success against the Cumbrian side put an end to the previous unwanted run of two successive home defeats, but still leaves them plenty to do to make the top six and a play-off place.

The Tigers hit the front as early as Heat 2 when Joe Haines and Chris Schramm cruised to a 5-1 and it was a lead they never looked like relinquishing. Richard Hall and Schramm increased the advantage to six with a 4-2 in Heat 3, and then another Ricky Wells and Schramm 4-2 in heat 7 made it 25-17.

Haines and Hugh Skidmore followed that by linking-up for a maximum in Heat 8 which signalled the opportunity for Workington to nominate Adam Roynon for double-points.

Roynon already had two race wins to his name and he made it three as he led home Hall and Wells in Heat 9. The resulting 6-3 reducing the Sheffield advantage to 33-24.

Sheffield responded with further 4-2 in Heats 10 and 12, only for the Comets to strike back again with a Richard Lawson and Roynon 5-1 in Heat 13. The teams shared 4-2s in the final two races but it was more than enough to see the Tigers run out deserved winners in what was an entertaining meeting.

Tigers co-boss David Hoggart said: “It was a close meeting and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect the quality of racing that was served up tonight. It was really good to see our guys back on form and pulling together as a team again.

“Joe Haines was consistent with three wins in his 11 points score and it was also good to see Hugh Skidmore back amongst the points.”

SHEFFIELD 51: Hugh Skidmore 13+1, Joe Haines 11, Richard Hall 11, Ricky Wells 7+1, Chris Schramm 6+1, Kevin Doolan 3+1, Emiliano Sanchez R/R.