Sting When You’re Winning

STEWART Dickson praised the conduct of his new reserves after Glasgow opened their season with a win in the SGB Championship.

The Tigers boss saw his new charges rack up a 16-point victory on Saturday night against Scunthorpe.

The scoreline didn’t tell the whole story – as the Scorpions were within two points of their hosts after 11 heats and had lead at one stage.

But three 5-1s in the last four heats dulled the sting in the visitors’ tail.

Tom Perry, Jack Smith and Dan Bewley made their home debuts – and Dickson was pleased with the contribution of the trio – in particular the men at six and seven.

He said: “We got 11 race winners, which was good. Tom Perry got better as the night went on. I think he struggled a bit with the slick conditions and he was trying hard, but his heat 12 was the catalyst for the win, and he got the 4-2 with Nike Lunna in heat 14.

“He was certainly quite frustrated during the evening but was a lot more positive at the end of the meeting – and Jack fully understood that I had to take him out his last race.

“As Jack knows, he’s only young and he has a long way to go – he’s a sensible lad and knows how it works. It was nice to see that he went out after the meeting and did a few laps, so hopefully that’ll help him.

“We’ve got to give them a bit of time – it will take them a bit of time to get up to speed. They’ll not always come up against a Fritz Wallner, an experienced continental rider. But there are a lot of positives to take.”

Dickson admitted there were fewer passes on the track than he’d have liked – and vowed to look at that ahead of this Saturday’s home match with Newcastle Diamonds.

The Tigers are then on the road for the first time on Sunday, when they visit Scunthorpe for their third league fixture.

Dickson said: “We don’t have a great record there – first and foremost we need to make sure that we win our home match on Saturday night. We need to make sure we win and I think, if we can take anything from Scunthorpe on Sunday, it would be a bonus.

“Three points on Saturday night, and picking up something at Scunthorpe, would be a good weekend for us.”

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