Glasgow’s last chance of silverware and hopes of retaining their KOC, disappeared in the Ashfield mud.
The track staff had done well in getting the track in any sort of condition after the rain in the last week and had to also deal with a late shower an hour before the start.
Peterborough were without the ill Jack Holder and called in Mason Campton to replace the similarly ill, Bradley Wilson Dean. Glasgow were along their recent lines with James Sarjeant in for Tom Perry.
Tigers needed a good start to overcome the 10 point deficit but it was the Panthers who made the early running, Chris Harris taking the opening heat, with the Tigers duo eventually passing Campton to share the heat.
James Sarjeant was timed out in heat 2 and Tigers could only share the race behind Lambert, Sarjeant eventually passing Wallinger.
Panthers were out of the gate again in heat 3, with Richie Worrall at the back. Dan Bewley quickly slotted into second behind Ulrich Ostergaard, with Paul Starke third. Worrall eventually passing Starke after the latter went too wide on the third bend of the third lap.
Harris was out again in heat 4 which he won and yet another 3-3.
Heat 5 looked like the breakthrough race with Worrall and Bewley on a 5-1 for a lap and a half until Worrall suffered a puncture. It looked like a decisive moment and Glasgow never really recovered from it.
With the first heat advantage coming their way in heat 5, with Lawson defeating Harris and Sarjeant having a great battle with Simon Lambert for third, the previous heat took on an even greater significance.
This was exacerbated in heat 7 when the Panthers took an easy 5-1 over Summers to take the overall meeting lead.
This was immediately wiped out with a home 5-1 in heat 8 and with a 4-2 in heat 9, all of a sudden Glasgow had some momentum and a 4 point lead.
It wasn’t to last. Lawson beat the previously undefeated Ostergaard in heat 10 but the heat was shared and the Panthers then took a 4-2 in heat 11, although Glasgow took one of their own in heat 12.
Tigers needed heat advantages in the last 3 heats for at least a draw and with Campton taking the R/R in heat 13 it looked likely to happen in the first of them. Unfortunately Lawson missed the start and he couldn’t pass Campton, frustratingly so, as Summers had taken his first heat win.
Peterborough then booked their final place with an easy 5-1 in heat 14 through Lambert and Ostergaard.
Chris Harris just held off Worrall in an entertaining heat 15, with Lawson third, meaning the meeting was drawn with the Panthers winning by 10 overall.
There’s no doubt the better team won as Peterborough shrugged off their illness woes to comfortably win through to the Final. The early heats were defining and the wet track seemed to suit the visitors better. They only won 4 of the last 11 heats, having won the first 4!!
Glasgow just couldn’t get a run of heat advantages going, although had Worrall not stopped in heat 5, it would’ve been interesting to see how Peterborough would’ve reacted to only being 2 points ahead going into the later heats.
No one in the home side had a particularly bad night but no one had a great one either and that maybe sums up the last few months where the team has just fallen short in too many meetings
Next week sees the final league match, with a home win seeing the Tigers taking a consolation third in the league above Edinburgh.
Glasgow Tigers 45 Peterborough Panthers 45 SGB Championship KOC SF 2nd leg. Peterborough win on aggregate 95-85 20/10/17 Glasgow Tigers Richard Lawson 2 3 3 0 1* 9+1 Nike Lunna R/R Richie Worrall 1* R 3 3 2 9 + 1 Dan Bewley 2 3 3 1 1 10 Aaron Summers 2 1 2 3 8 James Sarjeant 1* 1* 1 2* 0 1 0 6 + 3 Jack Smith 2 1* R 3 + 1 Ryan MacDonald 0 0 Peterborough Panthers Jack Holder R/R Mason Campton 0 2 0 1* 3 + 1 Paul Starke 0 1* 2* 2 2 0 7 + 2 Ulrich Ostergaard 3 3 1* 3 2* 12 + 2 Chris Harris 3 3 2 2 2 3 15 Simon Lambert 3 0 1 1 0 3 8 David Wallinger 0 0 R 0 Heat 1 - Chris Harris ; Richard Lawson ; James Sarjeant ; Mason Campton ; 58.01 (3-3)(3-3) Heat 2 - Simon Lambert ; Jack Smith ; James Sarjeant (2MINS, 15m); David Wallinger ; 58.98 (3-3)(6-6) Heat 3 - Ulrich Ostergaard ; Dan Bewley ; Richie Worrall ; Paul Starke ; 58.94 (3-3)(9-9) Heat 4 - Chris Harris ; Aaron Summers ; Jack Smith ; David Wallinger ; 57.91 (3-3)(12-12) Heat 5 - Dan Bewley ; Mason Campton ; Paul Starke ; Richie Worrall(R) ; 60.78 (3-3)(15-15) Heat 6 - Richard Lawson ; Chris Harris ; James Sarjeant ; Simon Lambert ; 57.59 (4-2)(19-17) Heat 7 - Ulrich Ostergaard ; Paul Starke ; Aaron Summers ; Jack Smith(R) ; 59.24 (1-5)(20-22) Heat 8 - Dan Bewley ; James Sarjeant ; Simon Lambert ; Mason Campton ; 59.33 (5-1)(25-23) Heat 9 - Richie Worrall ; Chris Harris ; Dan Bewley ; David Wallinger(R) ; 57.91 (4-2)(29-25) Heat 10 - Richard Lawson ; Paul Starke ; Ulrich Ostergaard ; Ryan MacDonald ; 59.02 (3-3)(32-28) Heat 11 - Ulrich Ostergaard ; Aaron Summers ; Simon Lambert ; James Sarjeant ; 59.75 (2-4)(34-32) Heat 12 - Richie Worrall ; Paul Starke ; James Sarjeant ; Simon Lambert ; 57.95(4-2)(38-34) Heat 13 - Aaron Summers ; Chris Harris ; Mason Campton ; Richard Lawson ; 58.52 (3-3)(41-37) Heat 14 - Simon Lambert ; Ulrich Ostergaard; Dan Bewley ; James Sarjeant ; 59.94 (1-5)(42-42) Heat 15 - Chris Harris ; Richie Worrall ; Richard Lawson ; Paul Starke ; 58.58 (3-3)(45-45)