Speedway: Tigers bounce back to winning ways in perfect style

Josh Bates leads Stefan Nielsen Arthur Sissis and Nico Covatti during heat two
Josh Bates leads Stefan Nielsen Arthur Sissis and Nico Covatti during heat two

Sheffield got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 50-43 win over Ipswich at Owlerton.

Just a week after suffering their first defeat of the campaign, the determined Tigers bounced back in fine fashion.

Jack Lee’s side showed plenty of character to withhold a late Ipswich surge and add three more points to their Premier League tally.

The hosts raced into an early lead, with guesting No.1 Craig Cook and experienced Andre Compton striking a 5-1 in the opening race before youngster Josh Bates stormed to the chequered flag.

Some textbook team-riding from Compton and talented reserve Arthur Sissis in heat eight saw the Tigers strike a second maximum and establish an eight point advantage.

Further wins for new signing Jason Garrity and the influence Compton in the next two races extended their lead - yet that put Ipswich in tactical ride territory.

No.1 Danny King and former Sheffield man Nico Covatti duly struck a huge 8-1 and catapulted the Witches back into contention.

Despite a tense finale in prospect, the hosts were boosted by a fall for Cameron Heeps on the final lap of heat 12 which prevented an Ipswich 5-1 which would have cut the deficit to just one.

The flying Cook - deputising for injured skipper Simon Stead - hit the front in heats 13 and 15 to wrap up a confident win for the Owlerton outfit.

It was a hugely encouraging all-around team showing from the Tigers, with all seven riders contributing to what was an excellent win.

Cook suffered just one defeat with a fine showing in place of Stead to lead the team, whilst Compton continued his superb start to the campaign.

New signing Jason Garrity also ended his evening with two classy race wins as he notched double figures on his second appearance.

Aussie ace Ty Proctor fought hard for his points in the tough No.5 spot - brilliantly holding off a fast-charging Rohan Tungate for a vital third place in heat 13.

Ashley Birks recovered from a nightmare start to add three important points.

Sheffield will be back in action tonight as they travel to the Oak Tree Arena to take on Somerset.

The Tigers will be looking for revenge having suffered their only defeat of the season against the Rebels, with exciting Aussie Nick Morris stepping in as a guest for Simon Stead at No.1 against his former club.

SHEFFIELD 50: Craig Cook 13, Jason Garrity 10, Andre Compton 9+1, Ty Proctor

6, Josh Bates 5+1, Arthur Sissis 4+2, Ashley Birks 3

IPSWICH 43: Danny King 13+1, Nico Covatti 12+1, Cameron Heeps 7+1, Stefan

Nielsen 7, Rohan Tungate 4, Ritchie Hawkins 0, Gino Manzares r/r

Premier League points: Sheffield 3 Ipswich 0