Thursday May 12, 2011
SHEFFIELD head to Scotland on Friday night looking to defend their 59-31 lead from Thursday evening’s Knockout Cup 1st leg encounter against Edinburgh.

With the scored tied at 15-15 after five races the match was very much in the balance, but assisted by some good performances, particularly in the latter stages, the Tigers eventually ran-out comfortable winners.

Ricky Ashworth and Shane Parker were both unbeaten by a visiting rider with scores of 13+2 and 12+3 respectively and Simon Lambert also had a profitable night from the reserve berth with an 11+1 tally. Not to be out-done, Josh Auty also made a healthy contribution of 9+1 and Hugh Skidmore had a couple of race wins in his 9-point score.

Sheffield led 14-10 early on but Edinburgh quickly levelled things up with a 5-1 in heat 5.

The Tigers then restored their four-point advantage when Skidmore and Ashworth came from behind to register a 5-1 of their own in heat 6.

Lambert and Parker immediately backed that up with another five-pointer in race 7, and a maximum from Skidmore and Ashworth in heat 10 put them 35-25 ahead.

Eric Boocock’s men then went from strength-to-strength there on in as they finished the meeting at a blistering pace.

The Tigers stormed to four 5-1s in the final five races and now head north for tomorrow night’s decisive second leg with a big lead to defend.

SHEFFIELD 59: Ricky Ashworth 13+2, Shane Parker 12+3, Simon Lambert 11+1, Josh Auty 9+1, Hugh Skidmore 9, Emiliano Sanchez 4, Ashley Birks 1+1

EDINBURGH 31: Matthew Wethers 10+1, Kyle Howarth 8, Andrew Tully 5, Kevin Wolbert 4, Craig Cook 3+2, Lee Dicken 1, Kalle Katajisto 0

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