|SHEFFIELD SPEEDWAY MATCH REPORTS 2023|
|SHEFFIELD 'Tigers' v WOLVERHAMPTON 'Wolves'||Premiership 2||7th Sept 2023|
|Ref: Simon Smith||01||02||03||04||05||06||07||08||09||10||11||12||13||14||15||S/h||Tot+Bp|
|1. Tai Woffinden r/r||8.85||-||-||-||-||(10)|
|2. Kyle Howarth ©||5.62||r||1||3||1||1||6|
|3. Chris Holder||*7.16||3||1'||3||3||2||12+1|
|4. Josh Pickering||6.14||2'||2||3||2'||2'||1||12+3|
|5. Tobiasz Musielak||8.82||3||3||2||3||3||fx||14|
|6. Jye Etheridge (g)||(*4.00)||2||0||1||1'||3||7+1|
|7. Jason Edwards RS (g)||3.00||1'||0||2'||-||3+2|
|1. Sam Masters ©||7.61||1'||3||0||-||4+1|
|2. Steve Worrall||6.59||2||0||0||2||4|
|3. Luke Becker||7.01||0||1||0||3||3||7|
|4. Rory Schlein||6.41||1||3||2||r||1||7|
|5. Ryan Douglas||6.83||2||2||1||2||2'||9+1|
|6. Luke Killeen (g)||(4.81)||0||0||0||-||0|
|7. Leon Flint RS||4.05||3||1'||1||0||0||5+1|
After Sam was warned for moving at the start, Tobiasz rounded the field
from gate 4 to win heat 1 but Kyle retired from the back of the field. Leon Flint did the works from gate 4 to win heat 2 with guest Jye and Jason pushing all the way.
Chris also used gate 4 to advantage and Josh followed him home for a maximum heat win. Tobiasz won heat 4 again from gate 4, and Sam Masters did likewise in heat 5
leaving the Tigers 4 points ahead.
Ryan Douglas trapped to lead heat 6 but Josh dived past on the inside of the third bend. Rory Schlein won heat 7 from gate 4 with Tobiasz second and Luke Becker third. Steve Worrall was off gate 4 on heat 8 but trailed home last with Kyle team riding Jason home for another maximum heat win. Chris and Josh take another 5-1 in heat 9 and Chris wins heat 10 from Rory and Kyle. Tigers now lead by 14 points.
The Wolves trap ahead in heat 11 but Tobiasz dives under Sam into turn 3 and then passes Steve on the pits turn on the second lap. Jye Etheridge kept trying and was rewarded when Sam shut off early at the finish allowing Jye to snatch third place on the line! Simon gave Jye an extra ride in heat 12 only for Peter Adams to give a tactical ride to Rory Schlein. Luke Becker trapped but Chris slotted in behind Jye for a shared heat with Rory unable to catch them. Leon Flint took Sam's place in heat 13 but was out of his league. Jye and Josh were electric from the gate and their 5-1 left the Tigers needing 3 points from heat 15 to claim the bonus point. Luke led from the start with the Tigers pair hot on his tail and Ryan trailing at the back. Ryan was lapped at the end of the second lap just before Tobi found some unexpected grip and slid into the fence at the apex of bends 1 and 2. I guess Simon Smith was busy looking after his guide dog as he allowed Ryan back into the rerun which the Wolves duly won.
So the 2 sides meet again in the Play Off semi-finals. Let battle commence!
Analysis of starting gate positions: Gate 1 - 19(+5)pts 0 wins. Gate 2 - 19(+1)pts 3 wins. Gate 3 - 27(+2)pts 6 wins. Gate 4 - 25(+2)pts 6 wins.