Thursday May 15, 2014
SHEFFIELD made the worst possible start to their Premier League campaign with a 49-41 home defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe.

The Owlerton side handed a debut to Aussie ace Ty Proctor but he struggled - and he wasn't the only one.

Scunthorpe won at Owlerton for the second time this season after enjoying success in a League Cup visit last month.

Stead did his job well for Sheffield with 14 and Andre Compton notched 8 - but they were let down in other areas.

Now they look to bounce back in Saturday's tough trip to Rye House.

Said Stead: "There's no excuse for this and we know it's simply not good enough as a team.

"We've made a change and tried to strengthen things but it didn't happen, so we need to put it right quickly."

Proctor had a difficult debut with four third places but Tigers are confident he'll quickly click into gear.

Scorpions went ahead with a 5-1 from Ryan Douglas and Thomas Jorgensen in Heat 4 and never looked back.

The sides traded 4-2s but Sheffield were dealt a hammer blow when old boys Ashley Birks and Josh Auty slammed in another maximum in Heat 7.

That left the hosts 25-17 down but they were back in the hunt when Josh Bates and Taylor Poole carded a maximum next time out.

Tigers got to within two points after Heat 10 but when Sam Masters and David Howe banged in the visitors' third 5-1 and then Auty and Jorgensen repeated the feat it was game over at 41-31.

SHEFFIELD 41: Simon Stead 14, Andre Compton 8, Taylor Poole 5+2, Josh Bates 5, Leigh Lanham 4+1, Ty Proctor 4, Simon Nielsen 1+1.

SCUNTHORPE 49: Ryan Douglas 12, Josh Auty 10+2, Sam Masters 9, Thomas Jorgensen 8+3, Ashley Birks 6+1, David Howe 4+1, Matt Williamson 0.

Premier League points: Sheffield 0 Scunthorpe 4

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