Sheffield’s late rally wasn’t enough to halt title favourites Edinburgh in the final Owlerton action of the season last night.
The Monarchs gave a slick performance headlined by an outstanding display from young Australian Max Fricke to take three points from the meeting.
Tigers, tracking three guests and the rider-replacement facility due to their injury problems, led by two points after three races thanks to a 5-1 in Heat 2 from Ben Wilson and James Sarjeant.
And they would have been further ahead but for a mechanical failure for Wilson in the opening race when visiting No.1 Craig Cook appeared to be pegged at the back.
But the visitors turned the match with back-to-back 5-1s in Heats 4 and 5, and another stoppage for Wilson in Heat 7 enabled Fricke and Steve Worrall to race clear and extend the lead to ten points.
Leigh Lanham went for double in Heat 8 but was beaten by Justin Sedgmen, although Lanham did stop the early winning run of Sam Masters by heading up a Tigers 4-2.
Edinburgh regained a ten-point advantage with Fricke’s fourth win of the night in Heat 12, whilst the next race saw a fine effort from guest David Bellego to defeat Masters and Cook.
That 3-3 ensured Edinburgh’s win on the night but there was a fighting finish from Tigers with successive 5-1s.
First in Heat 14 Wilson completed another hard-working night with a win while a battle between Mason Campton and Worrall was resolved in the Sheffield guest’s favour when the Monarchs rider stopped on the run in.
Fricke’s hopes of a 15-point maximum were dashed by Lanham and Bellego in the final race of the season, the home duo also getting the better of Masters to end a tough campaign on a high note.
SHEFFIELD 45: Leigh Lanham 15, David Bellego 11+1, Ben Wilson 8+2, Mason Campton 4+2, Nico Covatti 4, James Sarjeant 3+2, Andre Compton r/r.
EDINBURGH 47: Max Fricke 12, Sam Masters 11, Craig Cook 8+1, Justin Sedgmen 8+1, Derek Sneddon 4+1, Steve Worrall 3+1, Aaron Fox 1.