|Stoke 'Easy Rider' Potters v Sheffield 'PIRTEK' Tigers||Premier Trophy||27th March|
|Paul Pickering (c)||8.04||3||3||2||2||3||13|
|Stoke 'Easy Rider' Potters||4||7||12||15||19||23||28||30||33||36||40||43||46||50||54|
|Sheffield 'PIRTEK' Tigers||2||5||6||9||11||13||15||20||23||26||28||31||34||36||38|
|Sean Wilson (c)||9.73||2||2||2||2||0||8|
Just a brief report of Saturday nights embarrassment:
Sheffield travelled to Loomer Road high on confidence following their demolition of Newcastle on Thursday. Unfortunately that confidence was not transferred into points with several of the Tigers looking well below par, particularly Stoke specialist Andrew Moore who only looked a shadow of his normal self.
Ricky Ashworth was the pick of the Tigers, being unlucky on his first race, falling following a very hard challenge by Alan Mogridge, however he bounced back with two fine wins in his last two races confirming his vast potential. The only other rider to back him up consistently was André Compton who rode well throughout the evening, consistently passing Stoke riders for valuable points.
Sean Wilson lost out in heat 15 when, off gate 1, he was distracted by Jan Stæchmann on gate 2 continually moving forward on the start line. When the tapes did eventually go up, leaving Wilson stranded, only one person - the referee - felt that the race should not be restarted. However, prior to this Sean's performance only troubled the home second strings.
As to the other Tigers, Richard Hall gave his 100% effort, being rewarded with a tactical ride, whilst James rode a wonderful heat 8, but a fairly woeful three other races. Ben continues to try but again his performance produced little in the way of points.
Sheffield fans arrived at Stoke expecting victory, and were genuinely shocked at this performance. However on their home track, particularly with Grant at reserve, very few clubs are going to take the points home with them. As for the Sheffield team, maybe this was what they needed, being predicted by all to win the league is not enough, the only way to win the league is on the track.
Match report courtesy of Alan Chapman
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