Andre Compton made a triumphant return from injury with a maximum as Sheffield beat Workington 53-40 in their Premier League play-off quarter-final home leg.

It was always likely to be a hard fought contest after visiting boss Graham Drury drafted in Owlerton specialists Joel Parsons and Ben Powell at reserve - and they didn't let him down.

They outscored their Tigers counterparts signifcantly to keep their side in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals with the ultimate aim of winning the league championship.

It was a night full of passion and atmosphere with a bumper crowd backing their team - and they were given value for money.

Tigers opened up a 15-9 lead after a competitive start to proceedings which involved some thrilling racing. There was a sense of farce surrounding heat 8 when Parsons - on a tactical ride for double points - was relegated to a 15-metre handicap for a starting offrence. Fellow Comet Alan Mogridge was then thrown out for delaying the start - and when the race finally got underway Benji Compton slid off and was excluded for Sheffield.

This gifted Workigton points as Wilson won the race and Powell followed him home with Parsons claiming two-points for finishing third.

Wilson was lucky not to be excluded in the final race when he went into the fence in the first turn without contact - a decision which angered the Comets management.

And in the re-run Compton completed his maximum with Wilson third for a 4-2 win after Tomasz Piszcz hit the fence and the race was awarded.

The result, without doubt, gives Tigers the upper and in the return leg and their title hopes are still alive.



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