Tigers spoil Rebels' party celebrations

PUBLISHED: 10:15 15 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 24 May 2010

Somerset 44 Sheffield 49

Somerset 44 Sheffield 49

SHEFFIELD Tigers were the party poopers at Somerset's 150th meeting celebrations as they gave a demonstration in gating to inflict the first home defeat suffered by the Rebels this season

SHEFFIELD Tigers were the party poopers at Somerset's 150th meeting celebrations as they gave a demonstration in gating to inflict the first home defeat suffered by the Rebels this season in another action-packed evening of racing at the Oak Tree Arena. The difference between the sides could be summed up in just two words, Ashworth and Wilson, as the Tigers' duo combined to record three 5-1 heat advantages which knocked the stuffing out of Somerset at crucial times in the meeting, just when it looked as if a Rebel fight back could be on the cards.The home fans had an early indication that it was not going to be their night when Magnus Zetterstrom made a sluggish start in the opening heat to hand the advantage to the impressive Ashworth-Wilson combination, and Sheffield a lead that they were never to relinquish. The three points dropped by Zorro in this one race being as many as he has dropped at home to opposition riders in all matches so far this season.Although the Rebels halved the deficit in Heat 2, Sheffield continually applied pressure, extending their lead courtesy of maximum heat victories whenever Ricky Ashworth and the new British Under-21 champion Ben Wilson came to the tapes. Zetterstrom apart, Somerset had no real answer to the Tigers superior gating and speed into the first bend, and with Kyle Legault, who made an impressive debut at the Oak Tree Arena, and Paul Cooper adding a further 5-1 for good measure in Heat 12, the Rebels were staring a home defeat in the eyes for the first time.A last throw of the dice by the Rebels saw Zetterstrom come out on a tactical ride in Heat 13, and although he obliged with his third heat victory of the night, his partner, Glenn Cunningham, needed all his skill and knowledge of the Oak Tree Arena to snatch third place from Tiger skipper, Andre Compton, on the line. This left Somerset needing two maximum heat victories in the final two races to claim an improbable victory, but although Paul Fry showed a welcome resurgence in his form to take the chequered flag in Heat 14, by packing in for the minor places, Sheffield sealed a deserved victory on the night.Rebels early season injury victim Pavel Ondrasik has recently reported excellent progress in respect of the injury that is currently keeping out of the saddle. Ondrasik, who broke bones in his wrist at Rye House in early March, has had the plaster removed from the wrist and has started exercising the hand in order to build up muscle strength.Pavel would like to express his sincere thanks to all the fans who donated money at the recent collection held at the Oak Tree Arena.

More from Weston Mercury

19 minutes ago

Planning a wedding? The Royal Hotel’s wedding coordinator Haley Montgomery shares her top tips on winter weddings and more.

Read more
10:16

The Mercury’s big festive giveaway continued this week, as a Winscombe woman was ‘overwhelmed’ after winning a coveted prize worth hundreds of pounds.

Read more
09:56

A magician boasting five-star reviews will bring his hilarious show to a Weston stage this month, promising to confuse and amuse audiences.

Read more

A Weston bar has had a £10,000 makeover to ‘brighten it up’ and give it a new feel.

Read more

Work has begun on a new £9million Locking Parklands primary school after years of delays.

Read more
42 minutes ago

Excited children spent the morning making Christingles during a messy church service in Weston.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
08:05

Families celebrated the start of Christmas in Uphill at the village bazaar.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:00

American nu metal band P.O.D. will perform at the O2 Academy Bristol early next year.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

A Weston body builder with stage two cancer raised £1,000 for charity by climbing Mount Snowdon.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:18

A woman has died today (Wednesday) after she was hit by a van.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: -2°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists