Glasgow Tigers 53 v 39 Edinburgh Monarchs

Tigers ended their mini losing streak with a comfortable victory over their local rivals the Edinburgh Monarchs, in a match delayed for over an hour after a bad crash saw Jack Smith having to go to hospital.
With Sam Masters out through injury for Edinburgh, Ludvig Lindgren hoped to score more than his last visit, whilst Glasgow were unchanged.
The home side quickly stamped their authority on the match with an easy heat 1 maximum through Richard Lawson and Nike Lunna.
Heat 2 saw Jack Smith crash heavily into the fence trying to go around Josh Pickering on the second bend which unfortunately led to the long delay to the meeting. Thankfully the damage seems to be restricted to a dislocated elbow.
With Tigers a man down, it was left to Tom Perry to split the Monarchs in the re-run.
This was reversed in heat 3, while Erik Riss took his only win in heat 4 to maintain the 4pt gap. Both Tigers having to pass Mitchell Davey.
Monarchs opening pairing of Ludvig Lindgren and Theo Pijper were again on the wrong end of a 5-1 as Richie Worrall and Dan Bewley took the win in heat 5.
Tigers then went 10 up with Lawson just getting the better of Riss down the back straight, Lunna fending off Pickering for third.
Tigers should’ve extended their lead to 12 in heat 7 but Perry’s bike problems gifted Max Clegg third and the heat was shared.
Monarchs resisted the temptation to use Pijper for the TR in heat 8 and correctly so, as he had to work extremely hard to beat Perry who spent the entire race on his back wheel.
With the gap still 10, Riss took the TR in the next but Worrall easily won, although Pickering beat Bewley to cut the gap to 8.
That was as close as Edinburgh would get, Glasgow taking a 5-1 then a 4-2 to open a 14pt lead. Lunna holding off Wells in a thrilling heat 10 that went to the line.
Worrall missed the start in heat 12, allowing Edinburgh their only genuine heat advantage with a 5-1 through Wells and Pickering.
Any thoughts they may have had of a comeback were dashed in heat 13 as Lawson and Summers took an easy 5-1 to win the match.
Bewley won heat 14, with Perry and Davey having a battle for third with the Edinburgh man hanging on, although it extinguished Edinburgh’s faint hopes of a losing point.
Lawson was again attempting to score a maximum and again came up short with Wells taking the final race, Tigers filling the minor places.
Glasgow never looked like losing this match despite losing Jack Smith and Tom Perry riding his heart out for little gain. The top 5 all won at least one race and only recorded one last, with Lawson and Lunna only being beaten once by an opponent.
The visitors had the impressive Pickering at reserve, strangely only getting 6 rides but too many passengers for him to cover. Erik Riss started well but again failed to hit double figures at Ashfield, whilst Wells was the opposite, finishing with two wins.
Tigers move back to second and have a big week ahead with two important away matches in their quest to catch Sheffield at the top of the league before welcoming Newcastle in a fortnight.

Glasgow Tigers 53
Edinburgh Monarchs 39
SGBC
12/08/2017

Glasgow Tigers

Richard Lawson       3 3 3 3  2     14
Nike Lunna           2* 1 3 2*       8 + 2
Richie Worrall       3 3 3 1        10
Dan Bewley           1 2* 0 3        6 + 1
Aaron Summers        2 3 3 2* 1*    11+2
Tom Perry            2 1* R 0 1 0 0  4 + 1
Jack Smith           N               0

Edinburgh Monarchs

Ludvig Lindgren       1 1 2 1              5
Theo Pijper          0 0 1*               1 + 1
Ricky Wells          2 2 1 3  3          11
Max Clegg            0 1* 0               1 + 1
Erik Riss            3 2 4^ 0 0           9
Josh Pickering       3 0 2 1* 2* 2       10 + 1
Mitchell Davey       1 0 0 1*             2 +  1

Heat 1 - Richard Lawson ; Nike Lunna ; Ludvig Lindgren ; Theo Pijper ; 56.1 (5-1)(5-1)
Heat 2 - Josh Pickering ; Tom Perry ; Mitchell Davey ; Jack Smith(N) ; 57.88 (2-4)(7-5)
Heat 3 - Richie Worrall ; Ricky Wells ; Dan Bewley ; Max Clegg ; 56.95(4-2)(11-7)
Heat 4 - Erik Riss ; Aaron Summers ; Tom Perry ; Mitchell Davey ; 57.64(3-3)(14-10)
Heat 5 - Richie Worrall ; Dan Bewley ; Ludvig Lindgren ; Theo Pijper ; 56.88(5-1)(19-11)
Heat 6 - Richard Lawson ; Erik Riss ; Nike Lunna ; Josh Pickering ; 57.2(4-2)(23-13)
Heat 7 - Aaron Summers ; Ricky Wells ; Max Clegg ; Tom Perry(R) ; 57.68(3-3)(26-16)
Heat 8 - Nike Lunna ; Josh Pickering ; Theo Pijper ; Tom Perry ; 57.88(3-3)(29-19)
Heat 9 - Richie Worrall ; Erik Riss (TR) ; Josh Pickering ; Dan Bewley ; 57.38(3-5)(32-24)
Heat 10 - Richard Lawson ; Nike Lunna ; Ricky Wells ; Max Clegg ; 58.16 (5-1)(37-25)
Heat 11 - Aaron Summers ; Ludvig Lindgren ; Tom Perry ; Mitchell Davey ; 58.57(4-2)(41-27)
Heat 12 - Ricky Wells ; Josh Pickering ; Richie Worrall ; Tom Perry ; 57.79(1-5)(42-32)
Heat 13 - Richard Lawson ; Aaron Summers ; Ludvig Lindgren ; Erik Riss ; 57.95 (5-1)(47-33)
Heat 14 - Dan Bewley ; Josh Pickering ; Mitchell Davey ; Tom Perry ; 58.14(3-3) (50-36)
Heat 15 - Ricky Wells; Richard Lawson ; Aaron Summers ; Erik Riss ; 58.32 (3-3)(53-39)

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