Thursday May 11, 2017
SHEFFIELD boss Simon Stead says he couldn't be happier with his side after their 54-38 victory over Redcar at Owlerton.

The Window Centre Tigers continued their home dominance as they smashed the 50-point barrier for a fourth consecutive meeting.

While there were only four points in it with eight races gone, Sheffield came on strong in the second half of the meeting, scoring maximum points in four of the last seven heats.

And while pleased with the overall performance, Stead feels his team were unlucky to not win by even more than the 16-point margin they managed.

"I honestly thought it was going to be a tougher test than that - yet we probably should have been nearer the 60 point mark," Stead said.

"We had a couple of dodgy decisions that I felt went against us, we had an engine go bang and a few other things as well so to still score what we did is good.

"They did keep us honest for a while mid-meeting, but we always felt pretty comfortable really.

"It's been three weeks since our last team meeting and for someone like Todd (Kurtz) it's been a while since he was able to get out on a bike.

"But I couldn't have asked for anything more from the team once again and I couldn't be much happier right now."

Tigers No.1 Josh Grajczonek lead from the front once again as he notched a four ride maximum.

Skipper Kyle Howarth continued his sensational record of scoring double figures in every Tigers team meeting this season while Josh Bates dropped just one point to the opposition after being switched to the No.4 spot.

Rob Branford enjoyed a more than solid night down at reserve as he reached paid double figures for the first time since the inter-league challenge fixture against Somerset at the end of March.

Lasse Bjerre suffered an up and down night with two wins, two lasts and a blown engine while Todd Kurtz was able to chip in with two paid victories.

Teenager Jack Parkinson-Blackburn took the chequered flag in heat two, but is a major injury doubt ahead of Sunday's trip to Scunthorpe after knocking his shoulder in an innocuous slide off in heat seven.

SHEFFIELD 54: Josh Grajczoenk 12, Kyle Howarth 11+1, Josh Bates 10+1, Rob Branford 8+2, Lasse Bjerre 6, Todd Kurtz 4+2, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 3

REDCAR 38: Jason Garrity 12, Richard Hall 8+1, Ben Barker 7, Fernando Garcia 6+2, Charles Wright 4+1, Tom Bacon 1, Jonas B Andersen r/r

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