Thursday September 11, 2014
SHEFFIELD overcame a tough test as they edged a 48-42 victory over Berwick in an entertaining clash at Owlerton.

The Tigers narrowly missed out on all three points following a tense finale, but it remained an excellent win nonetheless against the play-off chasing Bandits.

And boss Joe Screen was pleased to see his side come out on top in a tight meeting.

He said: "Berwick are a good team, and we had a few hiccups here and there but the team pulled together to get the job done.

"It was a shame we just missed out on all three points at the end, but we came away with the win which was the main thing, so it was a good night."

The ever-dependable Simon Stead was again in flying form for the Tigers, narrowly missing out on a maximum in a blockbuster heat 15 after putting in an excellent performance.

He received superb support from local lad Ben Wilson, who himself earned a well-deserved heat 15 appearance after storming to three race wins from reserve.

He triumphed in the opening two races to help Sheffield roar into an early advantage as they led throughout the meeting.

Taylor Poole and Leigh Lanham both impressed with determined performances, whilst Josh Bates dusted himself down from an awkward heat eight fall to notch a crucial 4+1.

With Nico Covatti also adding a useful 3+2 from the No.5 spot, the Tigers came away with a well-deserved win as they look to end a difficult year with a flourish.

SHEFFIELD 48: Simon Stead 13+1, Ben Wilson 13, Taylor Poole 8+1, Leigh Lanham 7+1, Josh Bates 4+1, Nico Covatti 3+2, Andre Compton r/r

BERWICK 42: David Bellego 13, Kevin Doolan 9+2, Matej Kus 9, Matthew Wethers 6, Claus Vissing 3, James Sarjeant 2, Steen Jensen r/r

Premier League points: Sheffield 2 Berwick 1

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