Claws out as big cats fight to the death

THE Tigers came out on top against the Panthers in the battle of the big cats – as both sides bared their claws in a thrilling Ashfield affair.

Glasgow escaped with a 47-43 victory in a match they could so easily have lost as Peterborough put up a fierce fight, twice racing into the lead.

As expected, the tussles between the big guns provided the night’s best entertainment as Scott Nicholls, Chris Harris and Richie Worrall all got the better of each other across the closing heats in brilliant style.

Worrall and Nicholls even went head-to-head following the conclusion of heat 13 after a hard race for second place in which nothing was given.

In the end, Worrall had the final say – as he blasted clear of the seven-times British Champion in the last heat to join Harris and seal the 5-1 which won the meeting, giving the home team three points.

The Panthers took a point away – although they could easily have had more.

Skipper Harris said: “Towards the end we had good speed and some good races with Scott.

“I’m disappointed he beat me in that one ride in heat 11 but I managed to get him in the other two.

“It was a great meeting and when it came down to heat 15, luckily me and Richie managed to get our noses in front to get the win.

“It always is tough racing with Scott. In heat 11 it was close but he was fair to me and I was fair to him. We get on all right but we both want to beat each other.

“There was good racing tonight. The track is getting better every week we ride on it, it’s producing good action, but the only problem is that away teams love it as well.

“As a home rider we’ve got to be on our A game every week.”

It’s the Tigers’ turn to go on their travels on Sunday as the sides clash again in Peterborough, Glasgow hoping to add to their 13 points from five meetings in the SGB Championship.

Meanwhile, Cami Brown’s men are out of the Championship Shield after Workington’s win at Edinburgh tonight which sees them progress as the winners of the Borders group.

GLASGOW 47: Chris Harris 10+1, Richie Worrall 10, Claus Vissing 10, Lewis Kerr 8+1, Paul Starke 5+2, Jack Thomas 3, James Sarjeant 1.
PETERBOROUGH 43: Scott Nicholls 13, Bradley Wilson Dean 10, Simon Lambert 9+1, Mikkel B Andersen 6+1, Michael Palm Toft 5+1, Tom Bacon 0, Ulrich Ostergaard R/R.