Speedway: Sheffield Tigers 52 Workington Comets 40

Sheffield Tigers' Leigh Lanham leads Workington's Rene Bach in Heat 3 of their clash at Owlerton
Sheffield Tigers' Leigh Lanham leads Workington's Rene Bach in Heat 3 of their clash at Owlerton

SHEFFIELD gave one of their most impressive all-round team displays of the season to brush aside a powerful Workington side, 52-40 at Owlerton last night.

Simon Stead continued his stunning run of form with a full house - but he had fine support from his colleagues as Joe Screen’s men secured a welcome three points ahead of tonight’s trip to Edinburgh.

There was also a good atmosphere on the terraces as fans continue to clearly appreciate the hard work put in by the management team who are in their first season in charge.

Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “The fans have been brilliant all season and we need good performances to reward them. I think they can see what we are trying to do. We’ve tried to make a point over the last week that injury excuses only go Si far and the lads have to take the responsibility - we’re delighted with this response.”

Stead was at his brilliant best in Heat 10 when the Comets were on a tactical ride for double points. Josh Bates was the leader for Tigers and Stead timed his move to perfection to pass both Workington riders for a magnificent 5-1.

Recent signing Nico Covatti, in for the injured Ty Proctor, had his best meeting to date in Tigers colours with three straight wins - including frustrating Workington’s second tactical ride.

But he was denied a maximum haul in Heat 13 when he fell - he was, quite rightly, given a fine ovation from fans as he walked back to the pits.

Covatti was rewarded for his work with a Heat 15 appearance along with reserve Ben Wilson, who was in flying form.

Stead was gracious in stepping aside as Screen nominated his duo - but Taylor Poole, back after two months at reserve, was equally deserving.

Workington gained some consolation with a last gasp 5-1 but Tigers had already done enough to send their fans home happy with all three points in the bag.

SHEFFIELD 52: Simon Stead 11+1, Ben Wilson 10+3, Taylor Poole 10, Nico Covatti 9, Leigh Lanham 7+1, Josh Bates 5, Andre Compton r/r

WORKINGTON 40: Josh Grajczonek 12, Kyle Howarth 8+2, Ricky Wells 6+1, Rene Bach 6, Joe Jacobs 3+3, Mason Campton 3, Simon Lambert 2

Premier League points: Sheffield 3 Workington 0