Speedway report: Redcar 37 Sheffield Tigers 55


Sheffield booked their place in the League Cup semi-finals with a convincing 55-37 away win at Redcar.

The Tigers put in another fine display at the South Tees Motorsport Park to maintain their perfect record in the competition and mathematically confirm their place at the top of their group.

Just 24 hours after claiming a shock win over Ipswich at Foxhall, Jack Lee’s side we again in inspired form as they stormed to their ninth victory of the campaign in all competitions.

Guesting No.1 Josh Grajczonek struck a faultless four-ride maximum as he stepped in for injured skipper Simon Stead, racing through the card with a dominant display.

After a tight opening few heats, Grajczonek gave the Owlerton outfit their breakthrough as he hit the front alongside stand-in skipper Andre Compton in heat five.

The same duo again raced clear from the tapes in heat 11 to put the visitors 12 clear before Grajczonek prevailed in heats 13 and 15 to wrap up a resounding victory.

Whilst the all-action Australian starred at No.1, it was another tremendous all-around team display from the tenacious Tigers.

Talented youngster Josh Bates brilliantly fought his way from the back in heat eight, picking off both Jan Graversen and Ben Morley to join Compton at the front for a big 5-1 to put daylight between the sides.

He repeated the trick with another last-to-second blast in the penultimate race to join the impressive Jason Garrity at the front and wrap up a fine evening.

While Bates enjoyed a spectacular evening, reserve partner Arthur Sissis also put in another encouraging display with 4+1 points.

Compton continued his rich vein of form, dropping just one point at No.2, whilst Ty Proctor notched two race wins as he once again impressed away from home.

Despite a tough start, Ashley Birks bravely stormed to the front to nullify Redcar’s tactical ride in heat 12 and ensure he ended his night with a flourish.

Having seen their confidence dented by the loss of Stead and David Bellego in a horror crash at Rye House, the Tigers appear to be somewhat back to their best after a memorable two days.

They will be hoping to continue their confident run when they are back in Premier League action in front of the Sky TV cameras at Glasgow next Tuesday before welcoming Peterborough to Owlerton two days later.

REDCAR 37: Matej Kus 9+1, Adam Roynon 8+1, Stuart Robson 7, Lasse Bjerre 6, Ben Morley 5+1, Jan Graversen 2, Luke Crang 0

SHEFFIELD 55: Josh Grajczonek 12, Jason Garrity 12, Ty Proctor 9, Andre Compton 8+2, Josh Bates 5+3, Ashley Birks 5+2, Arthur Sissis 4+1