SPEEDWAY: Sheffield Tigers 42, Berwick Bandits 51: Berwick pulled off a surprise but nonetheless welcome away win at Sheffield.
The Tigers had won at Shielfield earlier in the season so the Bandits, depleted by injuries in recent weeks, were out for revenge.
This was the Borderers first away win of the season and gives them a big boost in their bid to avoid the wooden spoon in the Premier League.
The victory was not earned without cost, however, as new Dane Nicki Barrett suffered knee ligament damage and ended the night in hospital - something of a regular feature for Berwick riders over the past couple of months.
It what was a solid team performance, Berwick produced no fewer than nine of the 15 race winners.
Guest Lasse Bjerre had two (paid for three), as did improving Frenchman David Bellego. Robin Aspegren also had two victories, but perhaps the star of the show was reserve Mickey Dyer, who rattled off three wins (paid four) in his top score of 13+1
For the Yorkshire club, only Richard Hall and Hugh Skidmore made any real impression.
Berwick asset Josef Franc, returning from injury, had a six-pointed with as a tactical ride, but other than that he failed to score in his four remaining outings.
Team Manager for the night, John Anderson was nothing short of ecstatic saying: “We wanted a good win here after they sneaked that win at our place earlier on but I doubt many would have dared to believe we could be so completely dominant tonight. This was an extraordinary team effort and I couldn’t be more proud at this time in taking all four league points on offer.”
Sheffield Tigers 42
Josef Franc 0,6^,0,0,0 = 6
Hugh Skidmore 2,1,3,2,2 = 10
Emiliano Sanchez – Rider replacement
Richard Hall © 1,2,3,3,3 = 12
Ricky Wells 0,1,3,F,1 = 5
Chris Schramm ® 2,F,1,1,1,1*,2* = 8+2
Jake Knight (guest) ® 1*,0,0,N = 1+1
Berwick Bandits 51
Lasse Bjerre (guest) 1,3,1,3,2*,1* = 11+2
David Bellego 3,3,2,R,2*,2 12+1
Nicki Barrett N2,F,1,Fx = 1
Robin Aspegren 3,2,2,3,F = 10
Sebastian Alden – Rider replacement
Micky Dyer ® 3,28,0,2,3,3 = 13+1
Klaus Jakobsen ® 0,2*,1*,1 = 4+2