REDCAR Bears’ season is starting to resemble a game of snakes and ladders.
Just as they seem to be making progress, climbing up the ladder if you like, all the momentum is suddenly halted, and this time is was Sheffield’s turn to send the Ecco Finishing Bears sliding down the slippery snake after they had made good headway with two wins and a narrow defeat in their previous three matches.
The sides traded 4-2s early on as they kept it tight, but once guest Josh Grajczonek – who went on to complete a four-ride maximum – and Andre Compton scored a 5-1 over Adam Roynon and faller Stuart Robson, the visitors didn’t look back.
Quite simply the Tigers were the better side. They began with one foot in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup while the Bears couldn’t have qualified even if they’d won – and you could see why.
By the time Robson came out – and finished second – in black and white in heat 12 the gap was 12 points and it was just a damage limitation exercise.
At the top Lasse Bjerre had an up and down night, blasting from last to first in one of his two race wins but also burning out two clutches, which ruled him out of heat 15.
At the bottom Ben Morley won his first race on home shale but guest Luke Crang failed to score. Who’d have thought we’d be saying ‘We missed Rafal Konopka’? But we did and fortunately he’ll be back after an elbow injury in Friday’s Premier League match at Plymouth.
In between? Well Jan Graversen was well short of his recent flying form, Robson has had better nights but Roynon and Matej Kus performed well enough.
This was effectively temporary signing Roynon’s first meeting of the year as he’d only got as far as the first bend on his Peterborough debut in March when he crashed heavily, suffering broken ribs and a punctured lung. He’s playing Major League catch-up but he won his first race, did his job and will get better as he achieves he race sharpness everyone got some weeks ago.
BEARS: Matej Kus 9+1, Adam Roynon 8+1, Stuart Robson 7, Lasse Bjerre 6, Ben Morley 5+1, Jan Graversen 2, Luke Crang 0.
TIGERS: Josh Grajczonek 12, Jason Garrity 12, Ty Proctor 9, Andre Compton 8+2, Josh Bates 5+3, Ashley Birks 5+2, Arthur Sissis 4+1.