Plymouth Devils beat Sheffield 58-33 in record victory

By Mike Tamblinat St Boniface Arena
Plymouth Devils

Plymouth Devils beat Sheffield Tigers 55-38 to register their biggest ever Premier League win.

Skipper Ben Barker returned to top form with a perfect 15-point maximum and received excellent support from Ryan Fisher (10+1) and Cory Gathercole (9).

It was a dominant display from the Devils, who won 12 of the 15 races - with each of the seven riders taking the chequered flag at least once.

"Ben Barker was outstanding," said Plymouth promoter Mike Bowden.

"It was also good to see our newest signing Robert Ksiezak pick up a win over Emiliano Sanchez.

"That should help him gain confidence and I am sure Robert is going to be an asset to the team."

Plymouth were ahead as early as heat two and were never threatened by the visitors after that, despite a tactical-ride win by visiting skipper Josef Franc in heat 11.

Heat advantages in the following four races were enough to complete their record-breaking victory.

It was an excellent response by the Devils after their disappointing away form continued on Saturday night with a 53-43 defeat at Leicester, even though Barker (14+1) was again in good form.

Following their weekend efforts, Plymouth moved up one place to ninth in the table.