Thursday July 26, 2012
SHEFFIELD lie just two points off a play-off spot after a rousing win over second placed Leicester at Owlerton on Thursday.

The Tigers started brilliantly and put themselves in command from the off, and it turned out to be a fruitful evening for all six home riders. The lowest scorer for Sheffield, Joe Haines, dropped just three points, which highlights the dominance of the Owlerton men.

Hugh Skidmore was the star of the show once again, bagging paid-16 from reserve. He was ably backed up by Ricky Wells and Richard Hall, who notched paid-12 apiece, and Josef Franc, who recorded nine. Chris Schramm, who drops to reserve in August, registered six plus four.

Sheffield were always in control and it was only the brilliance of Leicester man Lasse Bjerre that prevented an embarrassing scoreline, with the diminutive Dane scoring a stunning 18-point maximum to show some resistance for his side.

The win takes Sheffield on to 17 points, with Ipswich currently occupying the last play-off spot on 19.

Team boss David Hoggart was once again delighted with his team; "The guys worked really hard and they got to grips with the track very early on. We knew we had to start well and we did just that, and to be honest I think we frightened the life out of Leicester.

"We saw their heads drop and from then it was about getting as many points as possible and the boys earning some money, and they all raised their to produce a fantastic result."

Sheffield: (Skidmore 14+2, Hall 11+1, Wells 10+2, Franc 9, Haines 8+1, Schramm 6+4, Sanchez RR.)

Leicester: (Bjerre 18, Eklof 6+1, Karlsson 6, Nieminen 3, Blackbird 2, Graversen 2, Makinen 0.)

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