Tigers take their revenge for mauling
SPEEDWAY: Sheffield 55, King's Lynn 37 (Lynn won 101-84 on aggregate)Table topping Lynn crashed to their biggest Premier League defeat of the season last night at Sheffield.
SPEEDWAY: Sheffield 55, King's Lynn 37 (Lynn won 101-84 on aggregate)
Table topping Lynn crashed to their biggest Premier League defeat of the season last night at Sheffield.
The fired-up Tigers bared their teeth to exact revenge after a humiliating 75-15 Premier Trophy humbling at the Norfolk Arena earlier this year.
Lynn comfortably pocketed the bonus to stay well clear of the chasing pack, thanks to another demolition job on the Yorkshire outfit in the league at Saddlebow.
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Daniel Nermark (paid 15) appeared the only visitor able to compete with Sheffield's powerful top end.
Trevor Harding was back in the wars on his return from a punctured lower back in a horror shunt against Edinburgh. The Aussie hit the shale around the top bend in heat four and was excluded from the re-run.
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An engine failure in his final outing summed up the champions' wretched night at Owlerton - scene of last year's memorable Premier Trophy win.
Ricky Ashworth and Ben Wilson cruised to the opener as Tomas Topinka and Chris Mills were left in the gate.
James Brundle landed an eventful reserve heat after former Tiger Benji Compton hit the deck and Paul Cooper trundled to a halt - Brundle and James Cockle the only riders to register on the scoresheet.
Maximum man Andre Compton scorched to the first of his five flags in a swift 60.1 seconds. Harding and Cockle span out in the early stages of heat four - Joel Parsons dragging his machine over the line ahead of Brundle.
Compton turned up the heat to fend off Topinka into the opening turn. Mills' top bend dart around Cooper drew a blank.
Ashworth and Wilson's second max of the evening delighted the big home crowd as Sheffield moved 13 clear.
Stars' canny team boss Rob Lyon turned to Nermark for a tactical saver. The Swede obliged, trapping superbly to pull clear of Parsons. Paul Lee dashed inside Cooper for Lynn's first heat advantage.
Sheffield replied in kind with added interest - Wilson and then Tigers' skipper Compton anchoring back-to-back maxs to push the hosts out of sight at half way.
Nermark went into overdrive to reel in the previously unbeaten Ashworth Wilson double act to square heat ten.
Topinka earned his first win on the resumption as Lynn looked to launch a second half fightback but Cooper ducked inside a sluggish Mills for the minor places.
Compton eclipsed Nermark in their personal battle but younger brother Benji grabbed a point on a reserve switch for the visitors.
Harding pounced on Parsons' tumble to open his account as Lynn looked for respectability but last season's defeated play off losers edged the final two races to finish on a high.
Compton completed his full set in the finale to maintain Sheffield's unbeaten home league record.
Tigers: Ashworth 9+2, Wilson 10+1, A Compton 15, Parsons 8, Cooper 6+1, Cockle 7+2.
Stars: Topinka 8, Mills 2, Nermark 15, Lee 3, Harding 1, Brundle 5, B Compton 3+1.