Glasgow completed their home “A” fixtures with a crucial victory over a stubborn Peterborough side. More importantly the visitors departed with nothing, cancelling out the recent match at the Showground.
With the visitors missing Chris Harris and guest Ben Barker pulling out, it meant they were hampered by having to use R/R, with the Tigers at full strength.
Jack Holder was chosen for heat 1 but it was Richard Lawson who made the start and Holder although close, didn’t look like passing. At the back Nike Lunna eventually got the better of Bradley Wilson-Dean with a 2nd lap pass.
Jack Smith continued his recent good run with another heat 2 victory, while Tom Perry and Tom Bacon swapped positions for the first two laps before the home man got the better of him.
Glasgow were swiftly brought back to earth when both Panthers gated in heat 3 and although Richie Worrall got close he could not split them.
Heat 4 was shared before Starke got the better of Worrall down the back straight to win heat 5, Wilson-Dean third to level the scores.
Lawson and Lunna both got the better of Holder in the first two bends in heat 6, with the Finn spending the entire race fending off Holder’s attacks for the 5-1 and the home side were ahead again.
They maintained this lead in the next two with wins for Summers and Lunna but both heats were shared.
Dan Bewley finally got going in heat 9, with an excellent win over Holder,whilst Richie Worrall eventually passed Liam Carr on the second lap for the 4-2.
It was that duo of Lawson and Lunna again getting a 5-1 in heat 10 to put the Tigers in a commanding 10 point lead at the interval. They’ve possibly been Glasgow best pairing this season and proved it again here.
Peterborough resisted the temptation to use double points in heat 11, sharing the race behind Summers to keep the gap at 10.
Starke donned the b/w in heat 12 which looked like the correct tactic against the struggling Worrall but the home man made the start, only to be stopped after Smith had fallen on the first bend. Referee calling all four back.
He made the start again in the re-run and despite the slowest time of the night, just held off Starke to limit the damage to a 3-5.
The unbeaten Summers and Lawson appeared in heat 13 and maintained that record with an easy 5-1 to seal the points for the home side.
The Panthers still had an outside chance of a point and kept that alive with a 4-2 in heat 14, meaning they needed a 5-1 in heat 15.
Glasgow had the unbeaten Lawson and Summers against Starke and Ostergaard and it looked like a double maximum for the home men as they sat on a 5-1 down the back straight. Unfortunately Lawson went too wide on the third bend allowing Ostergaard through and try as he might he couldn’t get back at him. In the process of doing this, he made another mistake on the third lap and Starke nipped up the inside of the second bend to share the heat.
It was important for Glasgow to win this without dropping any points to the opposition, especially with Ipswich and Sheffield both picking up away wins tonight, to keep the gap to the chasing pack in the table.
No doubt the Panthers will point to the missing Harris as a factor in their defeat although whether he would’ve got the better of Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers in their programmed rides is debatable. R/R did score a respectable 8, so they wouldn’t have added too much more to their total with him.
Glasgow also had Richie Worrall and Dan Bewley off form, not helped by being partnered together but thankfully Summers, Lawson and Lunna were on top form to compensate.
Strangely, Richard Lawson has been on a maximum in three successive home matches only to fall short in heat 15, whilst Aaron Summers, scored Tigers first full maximum (and only the second in the last 2 seasons) since Richie Worrall managed it against, you guessed it, Peterborough last year!!!
Glasgow Tigers 51 Peterborough Panthers 41 SGBC 8/7/2017 Glasgow Tigers Richard Lawson 3 3 3 2* 0 11 + 1 Nike Lunna 1 2* 3 2* 8 + 2 Richie Worrall 1 2 1 3 7 Dan Bewley R 0 3 0 3 Aaron Summers 3 3 3 3 3 15 Tom Perry 2* 0 0 2 4 + 1 Jack Smith 3 0 0 3 Peterborough Panthers Chris Harris R/R (8) Bradley Wilson-Dean 0 1 1* 1* 1 4 + 2 Paul Starke 3 3 1* R 4^ 2 13 + 1 Ulrich Ostergaard 2* 2 1 2 3 1* 11 + 2 Jack Holder 2 2 1 2 0 7 Liam Carr 0 0 0 0 Tom Bacon 1 1* 2 1* 1 6 + 2 Heat 1 - Richard Lawson ; Jack Holder ; Nike Lunna ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; 57.38 (4-2)(4-2) Heat 2 - Jack Smith ; Tom Perry ; Tom Bacon ; Liam Carr ; 59.34 (5-1)(9-3) Heat 3 - Paul Starke ; Ulrich Ostergaard ; Richie Worrall ; Dan Bewley(R) ; 58.05 (1-5)(10-8) Heat 4 - Aaron Summers ; Jack Holder ; Tom Bacon ; Jack Smith ; 57.24 (3-3)(13-11) Heat 5 - Paul Starke ; Richie Worrall ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Dan Bewley ; 58.4 (2-4)(15-15) Heat 6 - Richard Lawson ; Nike Lunna ; Jack Holder ; Liam Carr ; 58.04 (5-1)(20-16) Heat 7 - Aaron Summers ; Ulrich Ostergaard ; Paul Starke ; Jack Smith ; 58.13 (3-3)(23-19) Heat 8 - Nike Lunna ; Tom Bacon ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Tom Perry ; 58.49 (3-3)(26-22) Heat 9 - Dan Bewley ; Jack Holder ; Richie Worrall ; Liam Carr ; 58.04 (4-2)(30-24) Heat 10 - Richard Lawson ; Nike Lunna ; Ulrich Ostergaard ; Paul Starke(R) ; 58.06 (5-1)(35-25) Heat 11 - Aaron Summers ; Ulrich Ostergaard ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Tom Perry ; 58.82 (3-3)(38-28) Heat 12 - (re-run) Richie Worrall ; Paul Starke (TR) ; Tom Bacon ; Jack Smith ; 59.66 (3-5)(41-33) Heat 13 - Aaron Summers ; Richard Lawson ; Bradley Wilson-Dean ; Jack Holder ; 58.55 (5-1)(46-34) Heat 14 - Ulrich Ostergaard ; Tom Perry ; Tom Bacon ; Dan Bewley ; 59.39 (2-4)(48-38) Heat 15 - Aaron Summers ; Paul Starke ; Ulrich Ostergaard ; Richard Lawson ; 58.54 (3-3)(51-41)