|Workington 'Comets' v Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers'||Premier Trophy||18th March|
|Referee: Dave Dowling||01||02||03||04||05||06||07||08||09||10||11||12||13||14||15||Tot+Bp|
|Garry Stead ©||7.68||3||3||2||1||9|
|Ben Wilson r/r||5.37||-||-||-||-||(5)|
|André Compton ©||8.48||2||2||*6||3||3||16|
|Track Record: 64.1|
Simon Stead, 17 July '04
A good fight back by Sheffield left them confident of taking the bonus after holding Workington to a five point win in this match. The Comets started well with Paul Thorp and Tomasz Piszcz taking a first heat 5-1. Paul Cooper won the reserves race for a 3-3 then James Wright did likewise for Workington in heat 3. The Comets went further ahead with a 4-2 in heat 4 when Garry Stead beat André Compton with Lee Derbyshire picking up the third place point after Benji Compton had fallen. This took the score after the first four heats to 16-8.
Things looked bleak for Sheffield when James Wright and Ritchie Hawkins banged home another 5-1 in heat 5 ahead of Ricky Ashworth to stretch the Comets’ lead to 12 points. Tomasz Piszcz was excluded for bringing down Paul Cooper in heat 6 but Paul Thorp won the rerun from André Compton to maintain the Comets’ lead. Workington went further ahead in heat 7 with a 4-2 from Stead and Derbyshire split by Emiliano Sanchez. Emiliano was the rider replacement in heat 8 and was also given a tactical ride. Tomasz Piszcz won the race so Sanchez’s second place was only good enough for a 4-4 share of the points. This took the score to 32-18 after the first eight races.
Sheffield cut the deficit in heat 9 when André Compton won while on a tactical ride for a 3-6 and then shaved another two points off the home side’s lead with a 2-4 in heat 10, Emiliano Sanchez winning from Tomasz Piszcz with Kyle Legault taking a surprising third place ahead of Paul Thorp who had won his opening two rides. The Tigers then proceeded to give the Comets a nervous time by scoring another 2-4 in heat 11, Ricky Ashworth coming good to beat Garry Stead. This cut the Workington lead to seven points but the Comets extended it back to nine again in heat 12 thanks to a win from Ritchie Hawkins ahead of Emiliano Sanchez. The score after 12 heats was 43-34.
Sheffield came roaring back again in heat 13 with a 1-5 from André Compton and Ricky Ashworth ahead of Garry Stead and Paul Thorp. However James Wright and Aidan Collins soothed the Workington nerves and made sure of the points with a 5-1 ahead of Kyle Legault in heat 14. It’s just as well they did, too, because André Compton and Ricky Ashworth reprised their success of heat 13 with another 1-5 to leave the final score at Workington 50 - Sheffield 45.
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