|Sheffield 'PIRTEK' Tigers v Workington 'Thomas Armstrong' Comets||Premier Trophy||18th March|
|Sean Wilson (c)||9.73||2||3||3||2'||2||12+1|
|Sheffield 'PIRTEK' Tigers||3||7||12||14||18||23||26||28||31||35||38||41||46||50||52|
|Carl Stonehewer (c)||9.53||3||3||2||4*||1||3||16|
|Simon Stead (r/r)||9.31||-||-||-||-||(7)|
Credit to Graham Trollope and his team for the track looked perfect following the rain that fell intermitently throughout the day. The Comet's missed Steady badly and rider replacement only garnered 7 points, about half his potential score on his home town track. Stoney got off to a fine start with an impressive victory over Sean, and picked up another win in heat 4 when André shed a chain. Carl just failed to catch Ricky Ashworth on the run in to the flag in heat 5 and his 4 lap tussle with André in heat 11 was worth the admission money all by itself. The lead changed lap by lap and it was a beautiful 3rd turn on the last lap which sealed André's victory, all the more important as Carl had been nominated for double points. Sean and André got the drop in heat 13 and although Carl never gave up he just couldn't get close enough to put in a decent challenge, but he made amends with a convincing win in heat 15. Brett Woodifield looked half asleep in his opening rides before grabbing back-to-back wins in heat 8 and 9. He then blotted his copybook by depositing Ricky Ashworth into the safety fence in heat 15 with a badly timed dive although the ref was obviously looking the other way. Rusty Harrison trailed home last first time out and although his form improved he never troubled the home heat-leaders. Kauko Nieminen again struggled to get to grips with the Owlerton track, Aiden Collins rode competently but only finished ahead of Richard Hall, and James Wright never got going.
Sean dropped his only points to Stoney but gained his revenge in heat 13. James worked hard for his paid 8 tally. Ricky topped Stoney in heat 5 but was then beaten by fast starting Brett Woodifield in heat 9, and then contoversially fenced by Brett on the first lap of heat 15. Hope he can straighten things out in time for Saturday. Andy Moore looked quite subdued until heat 14 when after hauling Kauko Nieminen in for 3 laps he made a sweet inside pass on the 3rd turn to claim his first win of the evening. André bounced back from a 2nd bend fall when he shed his chain in heat 4 to claim three straight wins. He beat Stoney twice and his heat 11 dice looks destined to end up on the end of season highlights tape. Ben trapped well to claim his first win of the season in heat 2 and Richard Hall worked hard for his meagre return. A 10 point lead should set things up nicely for the return leg at Derwent Park next month...
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