|Sheffield 'PIRTEK' Tigers v Newcastle 'Tap & Spile' Diamonds||Premier League||17th June|
|André Compton ©||9.31||3||ef||3||2'||3||11+1|
|Sheffield 'PIRTEK' Tigers||5||9||14||17||22||27||32||37||42||47||52||53||58||63||67|
|Richard Juul ©||5.68||1||1||0||4*'||1||2||9+1|
Richard Hall usually raises his game against the club that rejected him a couple of seasons back, but this time he did it in spades! He passed Scott Smith on the third turn in heat 2, Richard Juul on the last lap of heat 7, followed Andy Moore home in heat 11, trapped to win heat 14, and then rounded off his maximum with a beautiful outside swoop to pass the Diamonds skipper off the fourth turn after being nominated for heat 15. James Birkinshaw celebrated getting his No.1 bike back from the turners by also riding unbeaten. He passed Lubos Tomiceki in heat 1, Kristian Lund in heat 6, went from last to first in heat 8, and trapped to win heat 10. He took the rider replacement ride in heat 13 and followed his skipper home to claim his own paid maximum.
The only time Andrew Moore was made to work was in heat 14 when it took him three laps to pass Richard Juul before following Richard Hall home for yet another paid maximum. André and Ricky were equally, if not more impressive, but both were robbed of their own maximums by machine problems, Ricky whilst half a lap ahead of the rest of the field in heat 12, and André when team riding with Ben Wilson in heat 4. Ben was only beaten by Scott Smith and Richard Juul and was surprisingly nominated for heat 15 when he gained his revenge over Scott Smith.
The less said about the revamped Diamonds the better. New Czech Lubos Tomicek just needs time to find his feet, Kevin Little was as bad as ever around Owlerton, and Richard Juul top scored without winning a single race. Rider replacement for William Lawson garnered just 2 points, while quick starting Dane Kristian Lund would have been easy prey for the Prowlers, let alone the first team. Scott Smith didn't impress even though he became the Diamond's sole heat winner when Ricky Ashworth pulled up when leading heat 12. I wonder though what his team manager had to say about him failing to let his captain Richard Juul pass him to claim 6 points for the win? Jamie Robertson fell on the last turn of heat 2 as he chased Ben Wilson but never stopped trying despite his failure to finish ahead of any Sheffield rider.
A busy week is in store for the Tigers with trips to Workington, Reading (Pairs), Exeter and Kings Lynn, before the second leg of the Premier Trophy semi-final against Exeter next Thursday. Get stuck in Tigers and Good Luck!
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