LEICESTER ON TOP
LEICESTER produced another strong home display to defeat Glasgow 52-38 and maintain top spot in the early Championship standings.
Richie Worrall scored 13 points for the Lions and Nick Morris added 11+1 as the Lions saw off the Tigers’ challenge, and a Heat 14 5-1 from Thompson twins Dan and Joe in a fierce battle with Benjamin Basso ensured the visitors would leave point-less.
Craig Cook led the way for the visitors with 11+1 as they missed out in their first away match of the season.
Lions boss Stewart Dickson said: “It was a very good performance, to win 52-38 against one of the top teams in the league, and I think it surpassed expectations – three points for us and none for them, so I’m very pleased.
“To get four points over the last 48 hours has certainly been more like it, and a special mention to Lewi Kerr for coming in and doing a very steady job for us – and hopefully Kyle Howarth will be back for next week.
“Four points over the two nights was certainly our minimum target and we got that, and it’s more like what I expect from this Lions team.”
Tigers manager Cami Brown said: “The track was difficult for the guys tonight, we had a couple of unfortunate fallers in good positions and we also had two re-runs when we were leading, one of which was a bizarre decision.
“I think we rode better than it shows but we’re not going to make excuses, we didn’t get a point and generally you get what you deserve.
“It’s difficult to get something on the road in this league. I’m just glad we got out without any injuries. It’s a long season with lots of matches to come.”
BERWICK kept up their powerful Shielfield Park form with a thumping 59-31 home win over Oxford.
Despite the margin of the final score, it was a highly entertaining meeting with reserve Jye Etheridge scoring a paid maximum (11+1) for the hosts, Ricky Wells topping their list with 12+2, and Chris Harris (12) unbeaten until a last-race mechanical failure.
The Cheetahs were limited to three race wins with Scott Nicholls totalling 10+1 for the visitors.
Berwick boss Gary Flint said: “After two away meetings where the lads battled hard all the way, but got nothing out of them, this was a show that we’re back, capable and desperate for league points which we all saw clearly tonight with a great performance.”
NEWCASTLE have called in Richie Worrall and Tom Brennan for today’s (Sunday) Championship clash with Oxford at Brough Park.
Worrall replaces the injured Bradley Wilson-Dean at No.1 whilst Brennan comes in for Paul Starke who is out due to illness.
The Cheetahs, who lost at Berwick on Saturday, continue to operate rider replacement for the unwell Cameron Heeps, and Nathan Stoneman again stands in for the injured Josh Macdonald.
MILDENHALL host Kent in the first leg of their NDL KO Cup clash at West Row today (Sunday).
The competition is back in the agenda for the first time since 2019 when Leicester were successful by beating Belle Vue in the Final.
Recent signing Jack Kingston comes in for his second Fen Tigers debut, after a previous spell earlier in his career, whilst the Royals also declare a full-strength team after winning their league opener at Plymouth.
Mildenhall skipper Ryan Kinsley said: “It’s going to be vital to build up as big a lead as possible in the first leg.
“Iwade will be a track some of our lads know well, less so me as I have ridden there but it was a good while back in my very early amateur days.
“With Jason (Edwards) on fire and the other lads all going well in our first match we will be aiming on Sunday for no last places and to build a strong lead.”
SUNDAY APRIL 24:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Newcastle v Oxford 4pm
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE KO CUP 1st round 1st leg: Mildenhall v Kent 3pm
MONDAY APRIL 25:
LEAGUE CUP: King’s Lynn v Ipswich 7.30
TUESDAY APRIL 26:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Plymouth v Scunthorpe 7pm