Match report: Edinburgh 45 Sheffield Tigers 32

Ricky Wells led the way for Tigers.
Ricky Wells led the way for Tigers.

Sheffield’s miserable record at Edinburgh continued in this curtailed clash at Armadale last night as Tigers slumped to a 45-32 defeat.

The meeting was abandoned after 12 heats because of a strict curfew when both Claus Vissing and Rob Branford crashed in the next outing. It was a disappointment for Tigers after their impressive and hugely entertaining home win over Glasgow 24-hours earlier.

Starting the meeting well has been a problem for the Owlerton men all season and it hit them hard again as three heat advantages in the first four races put the Monarchs in firm control in front of a good crowd.

Their losing streak was broken in heat five when the ever-reliable Ricky Wells raced to victory but they were pegged straight back with a home 5-1 in the very next race, leaving them 10 points adrift and giving them a double-points opportunity.

Wells was the man entrusted with the black-and-white helmet and he duly obliged with another win, and when Andre Compton grabbed third it dragged Sheffield right back into the contest.

Once again, though, the home side put the squeeze on with two 5-1’s to take a 13-point lead after 10 races.

Two shared races ensued but a horrifying crash in heat 13 put a real downer on the meeting, with home man Vissing and Tigers guest Rob Branford both being taken to hospital.

After a long delay the decision was made to abandon the meeting with three heats remaining and the result stands.

For Sheffield, Wells top-scored with an impressive 14, while Facundo Albin continued his good run of form with paid-eight.

Tigers side: Wells 14, Albin 7+1, Tully 6+1, Roynon 3, Compton 2+1, Branford 0, Haines R/R.