Speedway: Sheffield Tigers 44 Leicester Lions 46

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Sheffield’s season went from bad to worse as Leicester condemned them to a seventh straight defeat, 46-44, last night.

The Tigers desperately needed a win to turn around a horrendous run of form but without talismanic skipper Simon Stead they were beaten on a dreary night at Owlerton in a last-heat decider.

The scores were tight throughout, and it wasn’t actually until after 10 heats that the visitors took the lead. A 10-point swing between heats nine and 12, in favour of the Lions, put them firmly in control though.

Sheffield mounted a comeback and needed a last race 5-1 to grab an unlikely draw, but they were split apart and succumbed to a two-point defeat.

Oliver Allen guested in place of Stead and was a worthy replacement. He weighed in with 12 points while in-form Ricky Wells backed him up on 10,

Richard Hall’s injury comeback resulted in a credible six points, Facundo Albin showed glimpses of his early-season form and notched the same score.

Sheffield: (Allen 12, Wells 10, Hall 6, Albin 6, Haines 5, Koppe 4, Knight 1).

Leicester: (Bjerre 11, Nieminen 9+1, Doolan 7+1, Edberg 7+1, Graversen 5+1, Sarjeant 5, Branford 2).