Sheffield were undone by a former favourite as Josh Auty inspired Premier League champions Scunthorpe to a narrow 46-44 win at Owlerton last night.
Auty became a huge hit with Tigers fans in his three-year spell at the club but he broke Sheffield hearts when he produced an outstanding display to lead his current side to victory in an enthralling Premier League clash.
With Sheffield trailing by two going into the final race they needed at least a 4-2 to grab a draw, but Auty had other ideas. The Yorkshireman passed guest Richard Lawson on the backstraight of lap one and held his nerve to deny his old employers what would have been an excellent comeback.
As seems customary at Owlerton this season there was little to separate the two teams for much of the contest, and the home side kept pace with the opposition mainly thanks to the form of Ricky Wells and guest Lawson.
Wells form this season has been nothing short of outstanding and once again he kept his side in it with a string of brilliant wins, reeling off four in a row after a first race third.
Lawson, meanwhile, showed why Sheffield are so keen to keep using him as he weighed in with 13 points - but he just couldn’t edge them over the line.
The other bright spot for the Tigers was the score of youngster Oliver Greenwood - who notched an excellent paid-six. Greenwood’s win in heat 14 gave the home side hope going into the last race but there was no denying Auty and the Scorpions, who head back to Lincolnshire with three valuable away points.