|Date||Tapes Up||Competition||Season||Additional Info|
|Saturday, August 26, 2023||6:30 pm||Sports Insure Premiership R2||2023||Sheffield win the aggregate point|
SHEFFIELD piled the pressure on Leicester in the race for the Sports Insure Premiership play-offs with a 47-42 away win on Saturday.
The Tigers were successful in a see-saw encounter at the Pidcock Motorcycles Arena, Beaumont Park which saw them lose a six-point lead, trail by five with three races to go, and them strike back with two 5-1s and a 4-2.
It means Simon Stead’s side are close to confirming a top four finish, but the Lions still have much work to do with Ipswich now very much in the frame.
Tai Woffinden starred for the Tigers with 13+1 and guest Ryan Douglas weighed in with 10. Reserves Lewis Kerr (9+4) and Jason Edwards (7) both made vital contributions, whilst Max Fricke scored 14 for the Lions.
Stead said: “We knew the importance of it. We knew we needed to get something out of this meeting; we obviously had a really strong result against these in the first leg, but we wanted to come here and get three points, not one point.
“We got our heads down and there was dedication, hunger and everybody showed what they needed to do.
“Overall it was a really solid display and I’m proud of the team.”
Leicester boss Stewart Dickson said: “I know the riders gave all their effort but when you’re five points up at home with three races to go, you shouldn’t be squandering it – not with the riders that we had in the last three heats, and unfortunately it wasn’t our night again.
“We’re all bitterly disappointed, there are riders who aren’t doing the job we brought them in to do, and there’s also one or two who are running out of steam.
“I know it’s not for the want of trying, but the bottom line is sometimes as a manager you’ve got to make changes. We have made changes but evidently they’ve not worked, and I’ve got some serious thinking to do.”
LEICESTER 42: Max Fricke 14, Richard Lawson 7+1, Jake Allen 6+2, Richie Worrall 6+1, Drew Kemp 6+1, Justin Sedgmen 3+1, Craig Cook 0.
SHEFFIELD 47: Tai Woffinden 13+1, Ryan Douglas 10, Lewis Kerr 9+4, Josh Pickering 8+1, Jason Edwards 7, Kyle Howarth 0, Adam Ellis r/r.
Sheffield win the aggregate point
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Photo credit: STEVE DIXON