Thursday June 09, 2022
SHEFFIELD grabbed a last gasp 5-1 to snatch a 46-44 victory over Wolverhampton at Owlerton.

Jack Holder and Adam Ellis were the Heat 15 heroes for the Tru Plant Tigers as just two points ended up separating the two sides for the third time this season.

It was a result which maintained their unbeaten home start in the league, much to the relief of team boss Simon Stead.

“I need a lie down after that,” he said.

“Obviously it’s nice to win but I do think we made hard work of it.

“Wolves are consistently a very, very good side who are doing the business home and away so we knew we were in for a tough night.

“There wasn’t a lot in it all meeting but we knew what we needed in that last race; sometimes you just have to go with your gut, that’s what I did and the lads got the job done.”

There was never more than four points in it on a gripping night in the Steel City.

Two 4-2s either side of a Wolves 5-1 saw the scores level after four races before another 4-2 from Jack Holder and Craig Cook edged the Tigers ahead once again in Heat Six.

Back-to-back shared races followed before the hosts doubled their advantage with a fourth 4-2 in Heat Nine courtesy of Tobiasz Musielak and Kyle Howarth.

The visitors tied the scores once more though with a second maximum of the night from Luke Becker and Ryan Douglas before the West Midlands side got their noses ian front with their only 4-2 in Heat 13.

Howarth and Mountain claimed second and third in the penultimate race, leaving the Tigers to find a maximum in the last heat to get the win.

There was drama in the initial staging when Wolves’ Morris was excluded for breaking the tapes, and the Tigers’ top two took full advantage to time their only 5-1 of the night to perfection.

Reigning Champion Adam Ellis only dropped points to the opposition in Heat 13 while Jack Holder demonstrated his star quality to win Heat 15 after a very up and down set of programmed rides.

After a tough start, Tobiasz Musielak hit back and rounded off with a couple of impressive, successive race wins while captain Kyle Howarth chipped in with a steady six points.

Rising Star Connor Mountain had a good amount of speed all night but was disadvantaged by some slower starts on his way to 5+1 - a total matched by Craig Cook.

And while reserve Stefan Nielsen endured another tough night in the top flight, his quick start and race win in Heat Two proved crucial in the final outcome.

The Tru Plant Tigers head to Peterborough on Monday (June 13, 7.30) who are yet to register a league point so far this season.

SHEFFIELD 46: Adam Ellis 11+1, Jack Holder 9+1, Tobiasz Musielak 7+1, Kyle Howarth 6, Connor Mountain 5+1, Craig Cook 5+1, Stefan Nielsen 3.

WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Steve Worrall 11+1, Ryan Douglas 9+2, Luke Becker 9+1, Nick Morris 7, Leon Flint 5+1, Sam Masters 3, Drew Kemp 0.

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