Sheffield Speedway Match Reports 2006

Key:   + = from 15m handicap,  * = Tactical ride for double points,  ! = Tactical substitution from 15m
Newport 'Wasps' v. Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers' Premier League 10th September

Referee: Dale Entwistle

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 Tot+Bp
1. Chris Neath (g) 9.64 3 2 r ef 3 8
2. Tony Atkin  5.34 0 2 1' 1 1 5+2
3. Chris Schramm  5.79 1 3 3 2 1 10
4. Neil Collins r/r  5.90 - - - - (5+1)
5. Carl Wilkinson  6.88 1' 3 2' 1 2 f 9+2
6. Joel Parsons (A) 3 2 - 3 2 1' 2 13+1
7. Billy Legg (C) fx - r 0 - - 0
 Tim Stone 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 1 3 3 2 3 3
Newport 'Wasps' 3 6 9 12 15  18  21  25  30  31 34 37  39  42 45
PIRTEK 'Tigers' 3 5 9 12 14 17 20 22 23 28 31 34 38 41 44
Neil Machin 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 5 3 3 4 3 3
1. Ricky Ashworth © 7.45 1' 1' fx - 2+2
2. Ben Wilson 6.96

2

2 2 3 9
3. Emiliano Sanchez 7.04 f 2 3 3 8
4. Kyle Legault 6.42 3 1' 2' 3 1' 10+3
5. Mark Lemon (g) 9.64 3 3 1 3 2 12
6. Sam Martin (g) (B) 2 0 0 0 0 2
7. Benji Compton (B) f f f 1 - 1
Track record: 58.38
Craig Watson, 3 August 2003
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15

58.60

62.56

59.98

61.14

62.20

60.82

61.20

61.99

60.31

61.03

62.16

61.85

61.06

61.98

60.55

Newport programme cover Newport had Chris Neath guesting as usual for Craig Watson at number 1 and used rider replacement for Neil Collins, who was injured at Berwick last night, at number 4. Sheffield were missing Paul Cooper who was riding in a grasstrack meeting and had Sam Martin as a guest at Number 6.

Newport were desperate to reverse the recent trend of home defeats to move off the bottom of the league table while Sheffield were keen to cement second place in the final league table to improve their play-off chances with a second pick of opponents.

There was little in it over the opening four heats although there were fallers in three of them. Chris Neath won the opening race from Wilson and Ashworth for a shared heat then Newport moved a point in front with a 3-2 in the reserves race. Billy Legg was excluded then Benji Compton fell leaving Joel Parsons to beat Sam Martin. Kyle Legault won heat 3 but Emiliano Sanchez fell leaving Atkin and Schramm to pick up the other three points. Compton fell again in heat 4 but Mark Lemon won from Parsons and Wilkinson to share the points taking the score to 12-11.

The shared race theme continued. Heat 5 made it four out of five when Chris Schramm scored an important win over the Wilson/Ashworth pairing with Billy Legg, taking a rider replacement ride, retiring at the back. After heat 6 it was five 3-3s from six races. Mark Lemon won from Neath and Atkin with Sam Martin at the back. Heat 7 was shared too! Carl Wilkinson won the race from Sanchez and Legault with Billy Legg completing his third ride at the back but the deadlock was broken in heat 8. Joel Parsons won the race from Ben Wilson while Tony Atkin took third place as Benji Compton fell for the third time at the back. This gave the Wasps a 4-2 and took the score to 25-22.

Heat 9 resulted in a 5-1 for the Wasps when Schramm and Wilkinson headed home Mark Lemon to give the Wasps a seven point lead but Sheffield retaliated with a 1-5 in heat 10 when Emiliano Sanchez and Kyle Legault took advantage of Chris Neathís retirement by beating Tony Atkin to cut the home sideís lead to three points again at 31-28. Heat 11 resulted in another 3-3. Ben Wilson won the race but Ricky Ashworth fell so Parsons and Wilkinson shared the points. In heat 12 Emiliano Sanchez won from Schramm and Parsons for yet another shared race and the score went to 37-34 with Newport desperately hoping to avoid their usual late collapse.

In heat 13 Benji Compton replaced Ricky Ashworth and Sheffield took a 2-4 as Chris Neath retired at the starting gate. Mark Lemon won the race from Carl Wilkinson and the Tigers now trailed by just one point. Kyle Legault won heat 14 from Parsons and Schramm (rider replacement) for a 3-3 so there was still just the one point separating the sides going into the last heat. Chris Neath won heat 15 to give Newport victory but itís just as well he did because Carl Wilkinson fell as Lemon and Legault took a share of the points.

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