Thursday May 25, 2017
SHEFFIELD maintained their unbeaten home record with a hard fought 46-44 win over Glasgow in a tense encounter at Owlerton.

In the build-up to the meeting, many expected the clash to go down to the wire with nothing to separate the two sides on paper.

And that's how it panned out. Both teams held two point advantages at various points throughout the meeting - but neither were able to pull any further clear than that.

When Dan Bewley and Richie Worrall bagged a 5-1 for the visitors in heat 12, it looked as though momentum had swung in favour of the Scottish outfit as they moved 34-32 in front.

However, two hugely important rides from Josh Grajczonek, one when he team rode superbly with captain Kyle Howarth for a massive maximum in heat 13 and a brave opening lap move in the finale to send him on his way to the chequered flag, proved pivotal for the Tigers.

"That's exactly the reason why we brought Josh here to Sheffield this year," team boss Simon Stead said.

"When the pressure was on in those big heats he came up with the goods and it was a stunning 14+1 paid max for him tonight.

"Every single point was crucial in the end, but we had to fight extremely hard because a few members of the team weren't quite firing how we'd like tonight.

"But we're delighted with yet another home win over what is a really powerful Glasgow side as they proved here."

The Tigers are back in action at Owlerton next Thursday (June 1) when they look to overturn a four point deficit in the second leg of the Knockout Cup against Edinburgh.

SHEFFIELD 46: Josh Grajczonek 14+1, Lasse Bjerre 9+1, Kyle Howarth 8, Todd Kurtz 5, Rob Branford 5, Josh Bates 4+2, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 1+1.

GLASGOW 44: Richard Lawson 11, Aaron Summers 10+2, Dan Bewley 6+1, Tom Perry 6+1, Nike Lunna 6, Richie Worrall 4, Jack Smith 1.

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