Thursday July 27, 2017
SHEFFIELD produced one of their performances of the season to easily brush aside a strong Newcastle team 60-33 at Owlerton.

The Window Centre Tigers suffered just two last places all night as they stormed to a tenth home league win on the spin.

It was another dominant team display as they bolstered their play-off hopes and team manager Simon Stead admits he was shocked at the final score.

"We genuinely expected Newcastle to come here and run us pretty close," Stead admitted.

"But they couldn't get near us and that's definitely up there with one of the results of the season.

"They've got a decent team with riders who usually go well around Sheffield, but our riders were just way too good for them tonight.

"I know it's early days, but since bringing in Jan (Graversen) and Georgie (Wood) at reserve we suddenly look even more of a settled side.

"Every single one of the boys was brilliant tonight and they gave it absolutely everything that they'd got and we can't ask much more for that.

"We're growing in confidence meeting by meeting and it's important we keep that ball rolling at this crucial stage of the season."

Danish Dynamo Lasse Bjerre reached double figures for a fourth home meeting on the trot while No.1 Josh Grajczonek was only denied another maximum when his bike packed up whilst leading Heat 10.

Club captain Kyle Howarth returned to the line-up following an enforced nine day break due to concussion and dropped just one point to an opposing rider. He was involved in arguably two of the battles of the season at Owlerton with Newcastle's Robert Lambert which prompted a rapturous applause from both sets of supporters.

Jan Graversen continued to make a real impact from the reserve berths while Josh Bates and Todd Kurtz were on hand to provide some solid support for the heat-leaders.

Recent reserve recruit Georgie Wood demonstrated some of his potential too, pulling off two brave rides in his opening outings to get the better of Newcastle's Alfie Bowtell.

The Tigers currently occupy the final play-off spot and can create a bit of breathing space between themselves and fifth placed Redcar when they travel to Berwick on Saturday.

SHEFFIELD 60: Lasse Bjerre 12+1, Josh Grajczonek 12, Kyle Howarth 10+1, Jan Graversen 9+2, Josh Bates 7+3, Todd Kurtz 7+2, Georgie Wood 3

NEWCASTLE 33: Robert Lambert 12, Ludvig Lindgren 7, Steve Worrall 7, Stuart Robson 4+1, Ben Hopwood 2, Ashley Morris 1, Alfie Bowtell 0

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