Speedway: Proctor’s Tigers debut ends in heavy defeat

Sheffield Tgers v Scunthorpe - Thomas Jorgensen leads Josh Bates as Ryan Douglas crashes at Owlerton
Sheffield Tgers v Scunthorpe - Thomas Jorgensen leads Josh Bates as Ryan Douglas crashes at Owlerton

NEW boy Ty Proctor had a tough debut as Tigers were beaten in their Premier League opener at Owlerton last night.

Rivals Scunthorpe were comfortable winners, hard on the heels of their League Cup win at Owlerton last month.

Proctor had a difficult debut with four third places but Tigers are confident he’ll quickly click into gear.

Scorpions went ahead with a 5-1 from Ryan Douglas and Thomas Jorgensen in Heat 4 and never looked back.

The sides traded 4-2s but Sheffield were dealt a hammer blow when old boys Ashley Birks and Josh Auty slammed in another maximum in Heat 7.

That left the hosts 25-17 down but they were back in the hunt when Josh Bates and Taylor Poole carded a maximum next time out.

Tigers got to within two points after Heat 10 but when Sam Masters and David Howe banged in the visitors’ third 5-1 and then Auty and Jorgensen repeated the feat it was game over at 41-31

Simon Stead was Sheffield’s top performer with points while Andre Compton had two wins.

Stead said: “We are gutted to be honest, that’s just not good enough. We have made a team change and there can be no excuse.”

Tigers: S.Stead 14, A. Compton 8, T. Poole 5 + 2, J. Bates 5, L. Lanham 4+1, T. Proctor 4, S. Nielsen 1+1.

Scunthorpe: J.Auty 10 + 2, R.Douglas 10, S. Masters 9, T. Jorgensen 8+ 2, A. Birks 8+ 1, D. Howe 4 + 1, M. Williamson 0.