Speedway: Scunthorpe 63 Sheffield Tigers 31

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The Tigers produced “one of the worst performances of any Sheffield team in a long, long time” last night as they were given a huge beating, 63-31, at the hands of Scunthorpe.

That was the verdict of team manager David Hoggart as he watched his team put in by far their worst performance of the season so far.

Two riders between them scored all but 10 of the Tigers’ points on a difficult track.

Heavy rain on Thursday made the Normanby Road circuit far from ideal but it was the same for both sets of riders and it was the home side who got on with the job in hand.

Three Scunthorpe 5-1s in the first three races set the tone and it only marginally improved for Sheffield as the meeting went on, with Simon Stead and Ricky Wells restoring some pride for the Owlerton side with four victories between them.

Stead recovered from a slow start to notch 14, just under half of the team’s points total, and Wells won two of his four races to finish on seven but after that there was no support whatsoever.

Richard Hall, Joe Haines, Jake Knight, Facundo Albin and Damien Koppe scored just 10 between them on a night that Tigers fans will want to forget as soon as possible.

The only piece of good news is that Sheffield have now completed enough meetings to be able to make a team change, and a new rider will be revealed on Monday after the Tigers management team said yesterday they had agreed terms with a well-known name.