Sheffield Speedway Match Reports 2005

Key:   + = from 15m handicap    * = Tactical ride for double points    ! = Golden Double Tactical Substitute from 15m
Rye House Silver Ski 'Rockets' v Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers' Young Shield s/f 15th October
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Stuart Robson r/r 8.99 - - - - (7+1)
Ed Kennett

8.07

1 3 3 3 1 11
Brent Werner © 8.12 2' 3 2' 1 3 2 13+2
Daniel King 7.36 3 2' 2' 3 0 10+2
Chris Neath 9.12 3 3 3 2 0 1' 12+1
Steve Boxall 4.50 2' 2' 1' 3 8+3
Tommy Allen 6.03 3 1 2' 2' 15+1
John Sampford 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 5 1 3 3
Rye House 'Rockets' (36) 4 9 14 18 23 28 33 38 43 47 50 55 56 59 62 98
PIRTEK 'Tigers' (59) 2 3 4 6 8 9 10 11 13 15 18 19 24 27 30 89
Neil Machin 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 3 1 5 3 3
Sean Wilson © 9.10 2 *2 3 3 3 13
Ben Wilson 6.30 0 0 1 0 1
Ricky Ashworth 8.45 0 1 0 0 1
Richard Hall 6.36 1 0 2 1' 4+1
André Compton 9.16 0 1 *2 2' 5+1
David McAllan (g) 3.00 0 0 0 - 0
Kyle Legault 5.34 1 2 0 1 2 0 6
Track record: 55.8
Chris Harris 19 June 2004
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Sean leapt from the start to lead heat one, but Chris Neath took the lead with a turbo-charged burst out of the second turn and Ed Kennett out-dragged Ben down the back straight. Kyle was caught flat-footed at the start of heat two and only inherited third place after David locked up slightly on the last turn of lap three. Brent Werner jetted past both Richard and Ricky to join Danny King at the front in heat three, and Richard used every inch of track before swooping past his team mate on the second turn of the third lap. Kyle got his gating technique together to lead heat four but Chris Neath used his home track knowledge to drive around him on turn four. André never troubled Tommy Allen at the rear of the field. Sean was given a tactical in heat five but made his worst start of the night and struggled for three laps before passing Ben.

Danny closed down and then passed André exiting turn two on the last lap of heat six to follow Brent home for another maximum with David losing a chain on the second turn. Chris Neath was warned for moving at the start of heat seven but led the re-start with Steve Boxall passing Ricky out of turn two to level the scores on aggregate. Tommy Allen off gate two boxed Kyle in on the first corner in heat eight while Ed swept around into the lead. André was on a tactical in heat nine and made his first decent gate of the night, but Danny burst around him out of turn two and Brent followed suit on the fourth. Ed sped into the lead in heat ten but in a reversal of roles it was Richard and Ricky who passed Brent out of turn two. Brent recovered to relegate Ricky on the fourth turn but Richard's high wide line proved fast enough to keep him in second place.

After a delay caused by an electrical black-out in the pits Ben made an over enthusiastic start in heat eleven and clattered into the fence on turn two earning himself an exclusion, and a ticking off from the clerk of the course for riding over a pit marshal's foot as he stormed off the track. Sean then passed Steve and Chris exiting turn two on his way to the Tigers first race win of the night, and only the second of the season season in 41 heats at Hoddesdon! Brent dominated heat twelve with Tommy Allen diving past Kyle on the first turn on the second lap. When Sean and André trapped in heat thirteen not even Chris or the unbeaten Danny King had any reply, not that any were needed. The home sides aggregate advantage was pegged at nine points in heat fourteen as first Kyle passed Danny, and then Richard Hall wore him down and achieved the same on the second lap. Steve Boxall was the winner, with Danny falling on the third turn but quickly remounting. Sean made a sweet start in the nominated race, but Kyle reared at the gate and never made up the lost ground.

Certain members of the Tigers left it late to come to terms with the Hoddesdon strip, while others never did. André and Ricky amassed 15 points between them in the League encounter, and 17 in the Premier Trophy semi-final. That kind of display would have dispatched the Rockets, earned the team an extra two pay days and the kudos of the Young Shield final. As a supporter I feel very let down. I wonder what their team mates think about it?

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