Friday April 12, 2024
BOSS Simon Stead praised a ‘great team effort’ after his riders dug deep to earn their first victory of the season.

The Tru7 Group Tigers added two league points to their total when brothers Jack and Chris Holder teamed up for a last heat 5-1 to grab a 46-44 win at Leicester on Thursday.

Each of the top five recorded at least one race win whilst reserve Jason Edwards battled his way to 5+1.

Rising Star Dan Gilkes endured another challenging night – but his point ahead of Joe Thompson in Heat Four proved pivotal in the end in a clash that saw the two sides never separated by more than four points.

“It was a tight contest all the way through,” Stead said.

“I felt at one stage we’d been unlucky with a couple of engine failures but then we got a bit of luck in one when Sam (Masters) had a bit of trouble on his run to the line so it probably evened itself out over the course of the meeting, just about.

“But the fact that we’ve got the job done is the most important thing; we’ve got the points on the board and it was a great team effort once again that shows what we can do.”

Sheffield are now hoping the South Yorkshire weather behaves itself as they again begin preparations for what will be their first home fixture of the season next Thursday (April 18, 7.30pm) when King’s Lynn come to Owlerton.

LEICESTER 44: Ryan Douglas 11, Max Fricke 10+1, Richard Lawson 6+2, Sam Masters 6+1, Luke Becker 6+1, Drew Kemp 3, Joe Thompson 2.
SHEFFIELD 46: Jack Holder 12+1, Chris Holder 9+2, Kyle Howarth 7, Josh Pickering 7, Jason Edwards 5+1, Tai Woffinden 5, Dan Gilkes 1+1.

Photo credit: STEVE DIXON

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