Speedway report: Sheffield Tigers 49 Glasgow 41 - Tigers miss out on League Cup final spot

Thomas Jorgensen leads David Bellego and Aaron Summers ht3
Thomas Jorgensen leads David Bellego and Aaron Summers ht3

Sheffield saw their League Cup dreams cruelly come to an end with a battling win on the night over Glasgow not enough to book them a place in the final.

Another valiant effort from Jack Lee’s depleted side could not see them succeed in their bid to overcome a 14 point deficit in the second leg of their tie at Owlerton.

Bady Kurtz leads Richard Lawson and Arthur Sissis ht6

Bady Kurtz leads Richard Lawson and Arthur Sissis ht6

The injury-hit Tigers were always set to face a stern test, and although they earned their sixth successive home win on the night they could not move within one step of bringing silverware back to the city as they went down 92-86 on aggregate.

They were plotted against a resolute Glasgow side who simply would not lie down as the hosts struggled to make any inroads over the first half of the meeting.

When Brady Kurtz finally gave them a breakthrough in heat six, they were instantly pegged back by a fine ride from Richard Lawson to pass Jason Garrity in the very next race.

French star Bellego worked tirelessly to pick off James Sarjeant in heat eight but partner Josh Bates was simultaneously rounded by Richard Hall as the home side failed to shake off their resilient opponents.

Jason Garrity leads Richard Lawson Ht 4

Jason Garrity leads Richard Lawson Ht 4

Still 14 behind on aggregate at the halfway stage, the Tigers were left in need of a miracle – and despite several gutsy rides they were left with too much to do.

When Bates brilliantly partnered Kurtz to a 5-1 in heat 10 it gave them a glimmer of hope as they trailed by just eight on aggregate entering the final five heats.

A classy triumph for Kurtz in heat 13 set up a tense finale with the deficit reduced to six – but Aaron Summers prevailed in a battle with guest Thomas Jorgensen for third place to break Sheffield hearts.

There were impressive displays from Kurtz, Bellego and Garrity in particular whilst young reserve Josh Bates continued his fine form – but the Tigers had been left with too much to do after their disappointing first leg result at Ashfield.

Sheffield will be back in Premier League action as they travel to fellow high-flyers Peterborough tonight (7.30).

The Tigers have drafted in Eddie Kennett and Kevin Doolan as guests for Simon Stead and Andre Compton respectively as they travel to the East of England Showground knowing a win could see them climb to the top of the table.

SHEFFIELD 49: Brady Kurtz 12, David Bellego 12, Josh Bates 11+2, Jason Garrity 9, Thomas Jorgensen 4, Arthur Sissis 1, Ashley Birks r/r.

GLASGOW 41: Ricky Wells 10+1, Richard Lawson 10+1, Aaron Summers 8+1, Richard Hall 6+2, James Sarjeant 6+1, Nike Lunna 1+1, David Howe r/r.