Thursday August 24, 2023
SHEFFIELD claimed all three league points from their clash with Wolverhampton after a dramatic conclusion at Owlerton.

The Tru Plant Tigers won 50-40 before edging a Super Heat to grab the aggregate point on a significant night in their play-off push.

It was a sixth straight success in South Yorkshire as the Owlerton outfit moved back into the top four at the expense of Leicester on points difference.

On his return to the side, after missing Monday’s defeat at Peterborough, No.1 Tobiasz Musielak led a 4-2 with Kyle Howarth to gain an early lead.

A hat-trick of 3-3s followed before the visitors pulled level in Heat Five.

Musielak and Howarth combined for another 4-2 in Heat Six before Tai Woffinden and Lewis Kerr linked up for the first 5-1 of the night to move six ahead in the seventh.

The first of five shared races in the space of six heats took place in the eighth - but it was, arguably, an unexpected yet important result in the grand scheme of things.

Rising Star guest Ashton Boughen, who only turned 16 at the start of the week, made a sublime getaway.

And while he was passed by British Grand Prix Wild Card Steve Worrall, he rode superbly to pick up his first ever points in the Premiership in a moment to remember for the teenager.

The Musielak and Howarth pairing delivered the goods once again in Heat Ten with a 5-1 to move 35-25 up - and that ten point gap remained until the penultimate race.

Visiting team manager Peter Adams introduced Ryan Douglas as a tactical substitute - and he fronted Wolves’ only 5-1 of the night.

Whilst the match points were secured for the Tigers, they required a maximum of their own in the final programmed race to force a Super Heat for the aggregate point.

And Tai Woffinden, up against Wolverhampton for the first time since leaving the club in 2016, gated superbly alongside Musielak to bring the house down.

In the Super Heat, Douglas produced a stunning move to hit the front, but Woffinden and Musielak settled in for second and third to keep Wolves skipper Sam Masters at the back to take the aggregate point.

Next up for the Tru Plant Tigers it’s a trip to Leicester on Saturday (August 26, 6.30) - the team they are tied on points with in the standings.

SHEFFIELD 50: Tobiasz Musielak 13+2, Tai Woffinden 12, Josh Pickering 10, Kyle Howarth 7+2, Lewis Kerr 6+2, Ashton Boughen 2, Adam Ellis R/R.
WOLVERHAMPTON 40: Ryan Douglas 11, Steve Worrall 8, Zach Cook 6+1, Sam Masters 5+2, Rory Schlein 5+1, Luke Becker 3, Leon Flint 2+2.
Aggregate scores tied – Sheffield win the aggregate point after winning a Super Heat 5-4.

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