Sheffield Speedway Match Reports 2006

Key:   + = from 15m handicap,  * = Tactical ride for double points,  ! = Tactical substitution from 15m
Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers' v. Rye House Silverski 'Rockets' Premier Trophy s/f 27th July

Referee: Chris Durno

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 Tot+Bp
1. Ricky Ashworth 7.66 3 2 3 2' 1 11+1
2. Ben Wilson 6.63 2' 1' 3 2' 8+3
3. Emiliano Sanchez 6.73 tps 2' 2' 3 7+2
4. Kyle Legault 6.22 2 3 3 fx 8
5. André Compton © 9.48 3 3 3 3 3 15
6. Paul Cooper (B) 3 0 1 tps 1 3 8
7. Benji Compton (B) 1 2' 1 0 - 4+1
Reg Wilson 5 4 2 5 5 3 4 4 5 5 3 4 5 3 4
PIRTEK 'Tigers' 5 9 11 16 21 24 28 32 37 42 45 49 54 57 61
SilverSki 'Rockets' 1 3 7 8 9 12 14 16 17 18 21 25 26 29 31
 John Sampford 1 2 4 1 1 3 2 2 1 1 3 4 1 3 2
1. Edward Kennett 8.46 f 1 2 r 3
2. Ross Brady 7.63 1 0 0 - 1
3. Steve Boxall 7.95 3 2 ef *4 2 11
4. Tommy Allen 5.52 1 f 1 +1' 3+1
5. Chris Neath © 8.51 r 3 *1 1 0 5
6. Danny Betson (C) 0 0 0 - 0
7. Adam Roynon (B) 2 1 2 1' 0 2 8+1
Fastest this season; 60.2
André Compton, 20 July
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15

61.7

63.3

61.5

64.2

61.5

61.8

61.0

63.5

61.3

61.3

61.1

62.5

61.5

64.3

62.4

© Class Trend Ltd. Ed Kennett swooped around Ricky out of turn 2 to lead down the back straight. Ricky dived through on the inside of turn 3 and Ed fell on the outside as he got filled in and couldn't see a thing. Brady finished over half a lap adrift and a shadow of the Tiger he used to be. The Tigers reserves sped into the lead of heat 2 but Adam Roynon put Benji under pressure and passed him on the pits turn at the end of lap three. Emiliano was spooked into the tapes at the start of heat 3 and replaced by Cooperman. Steve Boxall shrugged off a physical first turn to lead the rerun and soaked up all the moves Kyle attempted. André sat on his kid brothers heels and blocked every challenge from Chris Neath for two laps before Chris spit his dummy and retired. Chris then complained about André's tactics which is rich considering the blocking manoeuvres which are part and parcel of every meeting I've ever seen at Hoddesdon. Ross Brady led heat 5 but Kyle blasted around him on the third turn, and Emiliano followed suit on the pits turn. Tigers 12 points up and cruising.

Chris Neath was pulled back for moving at the start, but Ben had shed his chain on the back straight. In a hectic scramble he clambers onto Cooperman's bike and just makes it to the start. Ben leads out of turn 2 but it's three abreast into turn 3 with Neath and Ricky on the outside. It's the Rocket who proves the bravest and he finally shows us what he's capable of around Owlerton. Riders got very twitchy at the start of heat 7 with Chris Durno holding them for an eternity, and then pulling them all back. André passed Steve Boxall on turn three to take the lead and Cooperman wore Tommy Allen down getting alongside him on the pits turn at the end of lap 3 and completing the pass on turn 1, only for Tommy to fall as he tried the high wide line on turn two. Ben Wilson was very slow away in heat 8 but picked off the entire field moving from last to first in a couple of laps. Ross Brady eventually made a feeble attempt to pass Benji on the final lap, but only succeeded in running into him from behind and having to shut off. What have they done to him? Neath was on a tactical in heat 9 but got pulled back for moving at the start (again). Kyle led the rerun and was joined by Emiliano who passed Chris on the third turn. Danny Betson fell on the second lap but jumped straight back on, while Chris was left lighter in the pocket as the referee announced he's been fined. Heat 10 was pulled back twice before Chris Durno was satisfied, Steve Boxall retired with a puncture, Ricky took the lead on the third turn and Ben barged past Tommy Allen at the start of lap three for another 5-1 and a 24 point lead.

Cooperman's clutch drags him into the tapes in heat 11, and the rerun sees André an easy winner, but Ed Kennett and Andy Roynon easily outpace Benji. Steve Boxall is wearing black & white in heat 12, but it's Emiliano who speeds into the lead while Paul once more leaves it late before passing Adam Roynon at the end of lap three. It's three abreast into turn three once again in heat 13, this time it's André who is bravest and Ricky slots in behind. Ed Kennett spits his dummy and retires on lap 3. Cooperman traps to lead heat 14 with Tommy Allen and Kyle clashing on the first turn. Kyle gets his head down and commits to the inside line on turn three but Tommy shuts the door in his face. Kyle bounces off the kerb and gets hooked up on Tommy's machine and the two of them smash into the fence. While I'm hoping no-one is hurt we see Tommy assault Kyle who was still lying on the track, provoking an understandable reaction. Chris Neath vaults the fence to get in on the action and also mugs Kyle who by now was being escorted away from the scene. The fence rebuilt and calm restored to the pits the restart got under way only for Tommy's bike to stop just before the end of the two minute allowance. He eventually went from a 15 metre handicap but had no chance of catching Cooperman who pulled clear of Adam for his second race win of the evening. Heat 15 proved to be a memorable one. Steve Boxall took a flier with Ricky diving past on the third turn. Steve cut back out of the pits turn to recover the lead and hold off further attempts by Ricky. André wanted to get in on the action but had to fight his way past Ricky first leaving him just one lap to close down Steve. André knifed through on the third turn only for Steve to repeat the cut back and they crossed the line millimetres apart. Steve joined André and Ricky in the celebration wheelies and was heartily applauded for his efforts.

I hope the animosity is all cleared away before the return leg at Hoddesdon where the Rockets will have a tall order to pull back the 30 point deficit.

 

Second half
Rider1234TotBA
1. David Speight 2 3 5 3rd
2. Tai Woffinden

3

3 6 1ST
3. Scott Whittington 1 0 1 2nd
4. Jamie Pickard 2 ef 2
5. Thomas Hill

1

1 2 1st
6. Matt Browne

3 2 5 2nd

65.6

66.065.865.6 69.5 65.8

Tai Woffinden was the man to beat in the second half rides, but no-one did!

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