Monday April 04, 2022
SHEFFIELD took another step closer to a place in the Premiership League Cup Final with a 46-44 away win at Wolverhampton on Monday.

The Tru Plant Tigers produced a stubborn display in the West Midlands to earn another two point victory in their Northern Group, just as they did at Belle Vue a week ago.

And just as he did in Manchester seven days previous, it was reigning British Champion Adam Ellis who came up with a big ride in the final race to secure the points.

With Wolverhampton on a 5-1 and a first ever ‘superheat’ decider on the cards, Ellis rounded home man Nick Morris to deny the hosts.

It was an exciting finish to a tight tussle in the Black Country with no more than four points ever separating the two sides.

Ellis top scored with 11 with Tobiasz Musielak also scoring double figures on his Tigers debut.

The Pole went unbeaten in his first three rides and formed an early, solid partnership with club captain Kyle Howarth who enjoyed a solid night’s work against his former employers.

Jack Holder chipped in with six important points while winter signing Craig Cook recovered from an opening ride time exclusion to notch a race win on his way to paid seven.

Stefan Nielsen claimed an important Heat Two triumph whilst fellow reserve Connor Mountain plugged away for four crucial third place points.

Team boss Simon Stead said: “What was nice tonight was that we had seven fit riders for the first time and they all did their bit.

“They all pulled together as a team, they rode well together, the team atmosphere was great and they were all pleased that we got the result we wanted and got the job done.

“We just kept chipping away and it was back and forth, back and forth and every time it swung one way it did swing the other.

“But I always felt with the team that we’ve got that we’d have enough in the tank.”

Sheffield will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season when they race in front of their home supporters for the first time this Thursday (April 7, 7.30).

The Tru Plant Tigers face fierce rivals Belle Vue as they aim to maintain their unbeaten record so far.

WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Ryan Douglas 10+1, Nick Morris 10, Sam Masters 8+1, Luke Becker 7+1, Steve Worrall 4, Leon Flint 3, Drew Kemp 2.

SHEFFIELD 46: Adam Ellis 11, Tobiasz Musielak 10+1, Kyle Howarth 7+1, Jack Holder 6, Craig Cook 5+2, Connor Mountain 4+1, Stefan Nielsen 3.


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