Scunthorpe 43 Sheffield Tigers 50: Sheffield win bragging rights in League Cup derby

Tigers at home

Tigers at home

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Sheffield stormed to their first victory in 2016 to get their League Cup campaign off to a perfect start.

The tremendous Tigers triumphed 50-43 at the Eddie Wright Raceway to gain local bragging rights and give their confidence a timely boost after two inter-league challenge defeats against Leicester.

A fine all-around team display saw the Owlerton outfit deliver 10 race winners and secure all four points in their first competitive meeting of the campaign.

After tense opening exchanges, the visitors made their breakthrough in heat five as flying Frenchman Dimitri Berge worked his way past Alex Davies to join guesting No.1 Lasse Bjerre at the front.

When Berge next appeared in heat nine, he comfortably triumphed alongside Richard Hall before the influential reserve was involved in another 5-1 alongside Jason Garrity in the very next race.

With a 14 point lead, the visitors had all but assured victory barring a major collapse entering the closing stages.

Despite exclusions for reserve pairing Hall and Greaves after crashes in heats 13 and 14 respectively, it was not enough to stop the Tigers from claiming a superb away win to continue their excellent recent record at the Eddie Wright Raceway.

Middle order man Kyle Howarth built on his impressive Owlerton debut last Thursday to notch three race wins from his five outings, whilst Hall played a pivotal role in the lower order, suffering just one defeat in his first four rides as they established the upper hand early on.

Danish pocket rocket Bjerre added two important race wins as he guested for injured No.1 Stead, plus fellow heat-leader Garrity completed a strong showing with a hard-fought second place in the final race to wrap up maximum points.

The stylish Berge was magnificent in the No.2 spot whilst young gun Bates wrapped up victory in perfect fashion as he picked off Zdenek Holub to win the penultimate race.

With teenage No.7 Nathan Greaves also right on the pace and being the victim of a harsh exclusion in heat 14, it was a promising afternoon for the Tigers to take an early lead in their League Cup group.

They will now look to make it two wins out of two in the competition when they welcome Peterborough to Owlerton for a mouth-watering clash on Thursday (7.30).

SCUNTHORPE 43: Josh Auty 16+1, Ryan Douglas 11, Josh Bailey 4+2, Alex Davies 4+1, Carl Wilkinson 4, Zdenek Holub 2+1, Nicolai Klindt 2.

SHEFFIELD 50: Jason Garrity 11, Kyle Howarth 10+1, Richard Hall 8+3, Dimitri Berge 8+1, Josh Bates 7, Lasse Bjerre 6, Nathan Greaves 0.