SHEFFIELD 40 EDINBURGH 50
SHEFFIELD fell to another defeat on their home circuit as rampant Edinburgh showed exactly why they are the Premier League’s outstanding team this season.
The Window Centre Tigers held a level scoreline after ten races of last night’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Owlerton but faded in the closing stages as the Monarchs kept up their remarkable record of not losing a single fixture so far in 2014.
Tigers started promisingly with early wins from Simon Nielsen and Andre Compton to go into a four-point lead, but second heat-leader Ty Proctor crashed out of Heat 4 as the visitors levelled the scores.
A tight encounter followed with Sheffield edging back ahead as Simon Stead got the better of Sam Masters in Heat 6, only for Justin Sedgmen and Steve Worrall to respond with a 5-1 two races later.
Stead and Taylor Poole levelled the scores at 30-30 with a 4-2 in Heat 10, but that was as good as it got as Proctor was beaten by Craig Cook and Sedgmen in the next race, and the Monarchs were in no mood to relinquish the lead.
Leigh Lanham had no answer to Max Fricke in Heat 12, and although Stead ended Cook’s winning run in the next, the night was summed up when Derek Sneddon, point-less in his first three outings, popped up to win Heat 14.
Stead then ground to a halt in the last race allowing the Monarchs to finish with a 4-2, a ten-point margin on the night and the most emphatic of aggregate wins.
SHEFFIELD 40: Simon Stead 11, Leigh Lanham 8+1, Andre Compton 8+1, Simon Nielsen 4+1, Taylor Poole 3+1, Ty Proctor 3, Josh Bates 3.
EDINBURGH 50: Craig Cook 14, Max Fricke 11, Sam Masters 9+1, Steve Worrall 8+2, Justin Sedgmen 5+1, Derek Sneddon 3, Aaron Fox 0.