|Thursday, March 23, 2023||7:30 pm||Sports Insure Premiership R1||2023|
SHEFFIELD edged out champions Belle Vue 48-42 in an excellent start to the new Premiership season at Owlerton.
The Roses clash proved to be a fascinating, topsy-turvy affair with the Aces twice taking the lead, only for the Tigers to hit back with two big 5-1s in Heats 9 and 11 to go eight points up.
Brady Kurtz and Jaimon Lidsey halved the gap with a maximum of their own for the visitors in Heat 12, but two Sheffield 4-2s followed with wins for Tobiasz Musielak and Lewis Kerr to secure the league points with a race to spare.
Musielak top-scored for the hosts with 12+1 with Jack Holder (9+1) unbeaten from his first three rides, whilst Kurtz struck 12 from six outings for the Aces including three race wins.
Sheffield boss Simon Stead said: “It’s always nice to get the first one over and done with and get it out of the way – and it’s always even nicer when you manage to open with a win.
“They were tricky conditions out there but I thought everyone applied themselves really well, both the home and away team.
“All in all, I think the result was probably a fair result and I don’t think they’ll be unhappy either.”
SHEFFIELD 48: Tobiasz Musielak 12+1, Jack Holder 9+1, Lewis Kerr 8, David Bellego 7, Kyle Howarth 6, Adam Ellis 5+2, Dan Gilkes 1+1.
BELLE VUE 42: Brady Kurtz 12, Charles Wright 8+1, Dan Bewley 7, Norick Blodorn 4+1, Jaimon Lidsey 4+1, Jake Mulford 4, Tom Brennan 3.
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