Tigers maintained their unbeaten home league record but were made to fight all the way by a quick gating Panthers side in a tense match in which there were no more than 2 points between the sides until a last race 5-1.
This was a tremendous meeting with some hard racing, controversial moments and a last heat decider.
Heat 1 saw the visitors take the lead after a brutal first bend which saw Richie Worrall and Scott Nicholls shoved wide by the riders in their inside. Lewis Kerr just failing to get the better of Mikkel B Andersen.
A home 5-1 looked on the cards in the reserve race only for Tom Bacon to fall on the first bend and take his time getting up. As the new 15m rule bizarrely doesn’t count until bend 2, Simon Lambert got a second chance and he managed to split the Tigers, Jack Thomas just hanging on for the win.
It should’ve been a 5-1 in heat 3 but Bradley Wilson-Dean never gave up and pipped Paul Starke on the line and then Chris Harris suffered bike problems on the last lap of heat 4 when well ahead, allowing Lambert through, although he got his bike going again to avoid losing a 5-1.
Heat 5 was shared, then Richie Worrall twice passed Wilson-dean to win heat 6 as Tigers took the lead again.
It didn’t last long as both Panthers passed Harris on the opening bends for a 5-1 to put them 2 up.
Lewis Kerr won heat 8 but James Sarjeant couldn’t get past the slow looking visitors . Nicholls won another shared heat 9 to keep the visitors ahead.
Heat 10 saw a contentious decision by the referee, very similar to the recent Edinburgh match, when Richie Worrall rode wide on the first bend blocking Wilson-Dean’s run, the Kiwi falling on the second bend. Like the Edinburgh match it was all 4 back again, which looked generous for the visitors. Fortunately the home duo made the start and took the 5-1 they had the first time round.
It was the battle of the big guns in heat 11 and it looked Harris would take the win as he led down the back straight. Andersen came steaming under him on the third bend, forcing him slightly wide which allowed Nicholls to sneak up the inside and lead. The resulting 4-2 brought the Panthers level.
Another shared heat followed in heat 12 with Sarjeant again failing to get past Lambert for the extra point.
The referee again seemed to favour the Panthers in heat 13, with Nicholls clearly not on his machine when the 2 minutes ran down. It was the Tigers who made the start though until Nicholls made a hard move up the inside of Worrall on the second bend. Worrall then threw everything at trying to regain second but just failed, with words spoken after the race.
Palm Toft picked heat 14 to win his first ever Ashfield race while Paul Starke had to work hard to pass Lambert to ensure it was all square heading into heat 15.
Harris and Worrall not unsurprisingly were chosen for the home side with Nicholls and Wilson-Dean for the visitors. It was the Tigers duo who made the start and with Worrall fending off Nicholls, it was Glasgow who took the win.
Glasgow showed their mettle to see off Peterborough despite both reserves failing to score after heat 2 with Chris Harris and Richie Worrall doing the business at the end of the meeting. In truth they could’ve won more comfortably but bad luck and lost points almost cost them
Peterborough were missing two of their Danes, one to injury the other riding in Denmark, which may have cost them victory although they gained a point for the narrow defeat.
It doesn’t get any easier with the Workington Comets back again next Friday in another league match but first Tigers have the return match at Peterborough on Sunday, where they will be looking to get only their second ever win there.
Glasgow Tigers 47 Peterborough Panthers 43 SGBC 8/6/2018 Glasgow Tigers Richie Worrall 0 3 3 1 3 10 Lewis Kerr 2 1 3 2* 8 + 1 Claus Vissing 3 2 2 3 10 Paul Starke 1 1* 1* 2 5 + 2 Chris Harris 2 1 2 3 2* 10 + 1 Jack Thomas 3 0 0 0 3 James Sarjeant 1 R 0 0 1 Peterborough Panthers Scott Nicholls 1 3 3 3 2 1 13 Mikkel B Andersen 3 1 0 1* 1 6 + 1 Bradley Wilson-Dean 2 2 3 1 2 0 10 Michael Palm Toft R 2* 0 0 3 5 + 1 U Ostergarrd R/R 0 Simon Lambert 2 3 2 1* 1 9 + 1 Tom Bacon Fx 0 0 0 Heat 1 - (re-run)Mikkel B Andersen ; Lewis Kerr ; Scott Nicholls ; Richie Worrall ; 57.17 (2-4)(2-4) Heat 2 - (re-run) Jack Thomas ; Simon Lambert ; James Sarjeant ; Tom Bacon(Fx) ; 58.37 (4-2)(6-6) Heat 3 - Claus Vissing ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Paul Starke ; Michael Palm Toft(R) ; 57.72 (4-2)(10-8) Heat 4 - Simon Lambert ; Chris Harris ; Mikkel B Andersen ; James Sarjeant(R) ; 59.03 (2-4)(12-12) Heat 5 - Scott Nicholls ; Claus Vissing ; Paul Starke ; Mikkel B Andersen ; 57.18 (3-3)(15-15) Heat 6 - (re-run)Richie Worrall ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Lewis Kerr ; Tom Bacon ; 57.31 (4-2)(19-17) Heat 7 - Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Michael Palm Toft ; Chris Harris ; Jack Thomas ; 57.84 (1-5)(20-22) Heat 8 - Lewis Kerr ; Simon Lambert ; Mikkel B Andersen ; James Sarjeant ; 58.19 (3-3)(23-25) Heat 9 - Scott Nicholls ; Claus Vissing ; Paul Starke ; Tom Bacon ; 57.91 (3-3)(26-28) Heat 10 - (re-run)Richie Worrall ; Lewis Kerr ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Michael Palm Toft ; 58.05 (5-1)(31-29) Heat 11 - Scott Nicholls ; Chris Harris ; Mikkel B Andersen ; Jack Thomas ; 57.83 (2-4)(33-33) Heat 12 - Claus Vissing ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Simon Lambert ; James Sarjeant ; 58.75 (3-3)(36-36) Heat 13 - Chris Harris ; Scott Nicholls ; Richie Worrall ; Michael Palm Toft ; 57.93 (4-2)(40-38) Heat 14 - Michael Palm Toft ; Paul Starke ; Simon Lambert ; Jack Thomas ; 57.45 (2-4)(42-42) Heat 15 - Richie Worrall ; Chris Harris ; Scott Nicholls ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; 58.4 (5-1)(47-43)