Thursday April 14, 2022
SHEFFIELD recorded their biggest win of the season so far with a comfortable 53-37 victory over Belle Vue on Thursday.

Simon Stead’s men produced a solid all-round team display with all seven Tigers picking up at least one paid-win to send a sizeable Owlerton crowd home happy.

After a cagey start that saw Sheffield hold a narrow two-point lead after four races, the Tru Plant Tigers stamped their authority on proceedings with four straight heat advantages to open up a 12-point cushion at the halfway stage.

British Champion Adam Ellis bounced back from a tough opening ride to top score with 11 - competently backed up by home debutant Tobiasz Musielak who yet again demonstrated a liking for his new surroundings with two heat wins on his way to paid-10.

Reserve duo Connor Mountain and Stefan Nielsen also impressed with the latter involved in all three 5-1s recorded by the home side.

Craig Cook, Jack Holder and Kyle Howarth all completed a steady night’s work contributing 7+1 to take the tie away from their Manchester counterparts.

Belle Vue skipper Brady Kurtz and GP star Max Fricke showed their class on numerous occasions to pile up more than half of the Aces points tally on a tough night for Mark Lemon’s side.

Top scorer Ellis said: “It’s been a long wait to come back here and we’ve hit the ground running which is something we maybe struggled with last year, so we’re all pleased.

“Our reserves were riding really well which is so important if we want to challenge for titles across the year.

“It’s started brilliantly, the team spirit is up there with some of the best teams I’ve been involved with and we’re only three meetings in which is a positive sign.

“If we all stay fit and confident like this then we can take anyone on at any track - we’re looking forward to it.”

Sheffield now enter a three-week break in the schedule before launching their league campaign with a home clash against reigning champions Peterborough on Thursday May 5 (7.30).

SHEFFIELD 53: Adam Ellis 11, Tobiasz Musielak 9+1, Stefan Nielsen 7+2, Jack Holder 7+1, Craig Cook 7+1, Kyle Howarth 7+1, Connor Mountain 5+1.

BELLE VUE 37: Brady Kurtz 12+1, Max Fricke 10, Charles Wright 7, Tom Brennan 4+1, Norick Blodorn 4, Jye Etheridge 0, Jake Allen 0.

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