GLASGOW DRAWS LEVEL ON TITLE TABLE
GLASGOW moved level on points with the Championship’s top two by winning 48-42 at Berwick on Saturday.
The Tigers are up to 23, the same as Leicester and Poole, although they would have taken four league points on the night and gone top had they not conceded a 5-1 in Heat 15.
That came at the hands of the Bandits’ top two scorers by a distance, with Chris Harris (15+1) and Leon Flint (12) scoring the bulk of their points as they suffered a second successive home defeat.
Glasgow’s scorechart was led by Tom Brennan with 10+1 and Benjamin Basso on nine in a solid all-round performance.
Berwick boss Gary Flint said: “Fair play to Glasgow, they have given us a lesson in gating tonight and deserved their win.
“We had too many riders either struggling or still feeling their way back after injury.
“The one thing we did do was refuse to just roll over, and we really got among Glasgow in the closing stages.”
LEICESTER took full control of their KO Cup tie with Scunthorpe with a 58-32 win in the first leg at the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena.
Richie Worrall (14+1), Kyle Howarth (14+1) and Nick Morris (12) all scored maximums for the Lions, with Dan Thompson (8+3) combining with Worrall for three 5-1s.
Skipper Simon Lambert took seven rides at reserve for the Scorpions and piled up 12+2, and Jake Allen added 11, but they were weakened by the absence of former Leicester man Ryan Douglas who had aggravated a shoulder injury on Friday.
Lions boss Stewart Dickson said: “It was a thoroughly professional job from our point of view. I could be greedy and say we maybe should have scored a few more, but all in all we’re very satisfied with the result and we have one foot in the semi-finals.
“You never say never because it can come back and bite you, but I think if we went there and only scored 31 points, questions would be asked.
“I know there had been one or two comments aimed in the direction of Leicester about a lack of passing, and I think that comes from people who maybe haven’t been to Leicester in quite some time.
“Anybody who was here tonight would have seen a lot of passing, and thankfully it was mostly by the Leicester riders, but in fairness to Simon Lambert he did a lot of passing and had an excellent meeting, and both he and Jake Allen provided good entertainment.”
Lambert said: “Rider replacement scored five points. You’d put Dougie down for double points around here – he scored 14 points here earlier this season and spoilt the maximums of their top riders.
“If we’d have had Ryan tonight, we could have been looking at only a ten-point deficit for the second leg, but it is what it is.
“I’d like to add my best wishes to Joe Alcock, after his horrific crash at Scunthorpe. It’s always sickening to hear another rider in pain, and everyone at Scunthorpe Speedway wishes him a speedy recovery.”
NEWCASTLE return to home action after a three-week break in fixtures at Brough Park when they host Redcar in a local derby today (Sunday).
The Diamonds’ last fixture on their own circuit was the abandoned match against Glasgow, with track work having been completed since that time.
Kyle Howarth guests at No.1 for the injured Bradley Wilson-Dean, but Paul Starke is also ruled out after a crash at Ipswich on Thursday and the Diamonds operate rider replacement.
The Bears name a full-strength line-up as they go for a second away win of the Championship campaign having already been successful at Berwick.
SUNDAY MAY 29:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Newcastle v Redcar 4pm
BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Round 4: Glasgow 2pm
MONDAY MAY 30:
PREMIERSHIP: King’s Lynn v Peterborough 7.30, Wolverhampton v Sheffield 7.30
TUESDAY MAY 31:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Plymouth v Edinburgh 7pm