Sheffield skipper Simon Stead inspired his new side to an excellent away point at Leicester in their League Cup opener.
Stead roared to 13 points from a possible 15 as the Tigers lost by four, grabbing an unexpected consolation point against a Leicester side tipped for the top of the Premier League this season.
Stead was backed up superbly by Richard Hall and Ricky Wells, who both dropped just two points to an opposing rider.
It looked as if those three would lead the city side to a precious win but a lack of back-up below them meant that it was one point, not three.
Sheffield did lead for a large portion of the meeting although Leicester’s all-round strength eventually shone through, but new number one Stead was pleased with the performance of a young team.
He said: “It’s a good point, we have to be pleased with it. We were almost there, but we just fell that little bit short but we will take a point for certain.
“It’s a difficult place to ride and we’ve got a young, inexperienced side. In only our second meeting, against a team a lot of people fancy to win the league, we are pleased to get a point.”
Stead is spearheading a young team at Owlerton but the Great Britain international says there are already positive signs in the camp, and that team spirit is already strong.
“Everyone gets on really well and the spirit is there, that’s so important,” he said.
“As we race more meetings and get some wins under our belt the spirit will only improve and we’ve got a couple of home matches now to try and get them. All the boys are enthusiastic about the season and I think we’ll shock a few people.”
LEICESTER: Lasse Bjerre 11, Kauko Nieminen 9+1, Simon Nielsen 8+2, Jan Graversen 7+1, Kevin Doolan 6+2, Lewis Blackbird 6+1, Adam Roynon r/r.
SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead 13, Richard Hall 11+2, Ricky Wells 9+1, Joe Haines 4, Damien Koppe 2+1, Facundo Albin 2, Jake Knight 2.