|Edinburgh 'Monarchs' v. Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers' '||Premier League||2nd June|
|1. Henrik Moller||8.00||2'||1||3||0||3||9+1|
|2. Theo Pijper ©||7.64||3||2||3||3||2'||1||14+1|
|3. Matthew Wethers||4.56||1'||3||1'||2'||2'||9+4|
|4. William Lawson r/r||4.61||-||-||-||-||( 7+1)|
|5. Rusty Harrison||7.92||1||+1||3||1||6|
|6. Sean Stoddart||(C)||f||f||0||0|
|7. Derek Sneddon||(A)||3||2||1||2'||2||3||3||16+1|
|1. Ricky Ashworth||7.94||1||2||2||2'||2||9+1|
|2. Ben Wilson r/r||6.25||-||-||-||-||(2+1)|
|3. Kyle Legault||6.32||f||3||1||1||1||6|
|4. Emiliano Sanchez||7.08||3||2'||0||*1||6+1|
|5. André Compton ©||9.66||3||2||3||*6||0||14|
|6. Paul Cooper||(B)||0||1'||0||0||0||1+1|
|7. Benji Compton||(B)||2||0||+0||0||1'||0||3+1|
With Ben Wilson bound for Cardiff the Tigers used rider replacement, as did the Monarchs for William Lawson who recently fractured his elbow at Glasgow. Henrik Moller and Theo Pijper set the ball rolling as they strolled home to a maximum in heat 1. Derek Sneddon took the lead on the back straight in heat 2 and Sean Stoddart passed Cooperman in the early stages but fell as he attempted to catch Benji in second place. Emiliano made a cracking start to lead heat 3 although Theo was closing him down when Kyle messed up the pits turn on lap 3 and clattered into the fence. André took an easy win ahead of Rusty Harrison in heat 4, and it looked as if Ricky was set to follow suit in heat 5 until Matthew Wethers' never say die efforts saw him grab then win by mere inches on the finish line.
Theo claimed a big win in heat 6 ahead of André who had his work cut out holding off the ever pressing Henrik. The Tigers got lucky in heat 7 as first Rusty nudged the tapes earning himself a 15 metre handicap, and then was badly hampered as Sean Stoddart spun in front of him on the first turn! Theo and super-sub immediately redressed the balance with a maximum in heat 8. André took another win in heat 9 but Cooperman had nothing to match the Monarchs, and the home team levelled the aggregate scores with another maximum in heat 10.
Ricky was not given a tactical ride in heat 11 (?) and Rusty Harrison earned his keep with a superb outside pass to maintain the status quo. Derek won heat 12 and a superb effort saw Matthew pass Kyle on the last lap to follow him home. At last the Tigers manager woke up nominating André and the Tigers responded with a 1-8 which put the Tigers back ahead on aggregate. It was short lived however as Derek and Matthew romped home ahead of Emiliano who was unable to gain any benefit from his tactical nomination. A nail biting finish then as Theo and Henrik square up to Ricky and André. Henrik makes a blistering start from the outside to take the lead with Ricky in close attendance and André in third, until Theo makes up a place with a lurid dive in the closing stages.
First bonus point lost leaving us requiring all three points against Stoke in our last Trophy match. Only 5 race wins on the night, and Derek Sneddon single handedly scoring four times as many as our two reserves put together. Rider replacement for Ben accounted for just 2 points (only Sean Stoddart beaten) which I would have hoped Ben would have exceeded following his extra elite league experience with Wolverhampton.
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