Speedway: Tigers suffer injury blow in Cup defeat

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Sheffield Tigers were sent crashing out of the Knockout Cup as they were well beaten 59-31 in the second leg of their tie with Edinburgh at Armdale.

A narrow 46-44 victory in the first leg at Owlerton on Thursday left them with an uphill task against the holders – and their depleted side were unable to pull off a shock result last night.

It was a tough night for Jack Lee’s side, compounded by the loss of Ashley Birks with a suspected shoulder injury as he suffered an awkward looking fall – his second of the night – in heat seven.

The gutsy Tigers had got their night off to a perfect start as guesting duo Lasse Bjerre and Steve Worrall fended off Sam Masters for a 5-1 in the opening race.

However, the Monarchs hit back with successive 5-1s in heats three and four to take the lead on aggregate for the first time before Masters and Erik Riss shut out Birks in heat six to ensure they seized total control.

When Birks was forced to withdraw, the Tigers were reduced to just five fit riders with Arthur Sissis and Josh Bates forced to take 13 rides between them down at reserve.

With both youngsters struggling to make an impact, the Tigers were unable to keep their Cup dream alive.

Danish racer Bjerre started his night well in the No.1 spot before fading in the latter stages, whilst fellow guest Worrall was also unspectacular despite a solid showing in place of Ty Proctor.

All-action ace Jason Garrity did blast clear to take the chequered flag in heats 10 and 14 – but the visitors eventually delivered just four race wins as they were unable to keep pace with the powerhouse Monarchs.

After a spell of injury misfortune, the Owlerton outfit will have eight days to regroup before returning to Premier League action at Newcastle a week on Sunday before hosting Glasgow on June 4.

n TIGERS: Garrity 10, Bjerre 7+1, Worrall 5+1, Bates 5, Sissis 3, Birks 1, Compton R/R.