Speedway Report: Sheffield Tigers 59 Newcastle Diamonds 33

Tigers' Josh Bates leads Richard Hall and Simon Nielsen in heat 2

Tigers' Josh Bates leads Richard Hall and Simon Nielsen in heat 2

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Sheffield made it five meetings unbeaten at Owlerton with a classy 59-33 win against Newcastle.

A solid team performance wrapped up another big three Premier League points to keep the Tigers in a strong position in the league table and their play-off hopes well and truly alive.

Anton Rosen inside David Bellego and Jason Garrity in ht 5

Anton Rosen inside David Bellego and Jason Garrity in ht 5

The night got off to a poor start when Danish guest Lasse Bjerre was disqualified for destroying the tapes in the opening heat. Christian Henry won the re-run for the Diamonds to take the opening heat victory - and it would be the visitors’ only heat winner in the opening races. Newcastle were seriously depleted using three guests as well as the rider replacement facility, but six 4-2’s and four 5-1’s ensured a comfortable victory for the home side nevertheless.

Andre Compton returned to form, picking up four paid wins to top-score for the Tigers.

David Bellego and Jason Garrity continued their own recent good scoring records with ten points apiece, as did reserve Josh Bates who enjoyed one of his meetings of the season so far.

Ashley Birks also chipped in with an important nine points on another entertaining night in front of a decent crowd.

Christian Henry leads Ashley Birks and Josh Bates in ht 1

Christian Henry leads Ashley Birks and Josh Bates in ht 1

Stand-in No.1 Bjerre recovered from a difficult start to round off his night with two race wins, while Arthur Sissis endured a thought night at reserve.

Sheffield are back in action next Thursday (June 25) when they host Workington for more Premier League action.

Sheffield 59: Andre Compton 12+1, David Bellego 10+3, Josh Bates 10+1, Jason Garrity 10, Ashley Birks 9, Lasse Bjerre 6, Arthur Sissis 2

Newcastle 33: Richard Hall 14, Christian Henry 5, Simon Nielsen 4+2, Kevin Doolan 4+1, Lewis Kerr 3+1, Carl Wilkinson 3, Anton Rosen R/R.