The Borders Group of the Shield finally got under way as Glasgow picked up a win that was far from as comfortable as the final score suggests.
The fact it went ahead at all, was down to the work of the track staff during the day.The track had taken a bit of rain and despite a dry afternoon, the mist and murky weather meant it was still pretty wet at tapes up.
The Bandits made a great start to the meeting opening up a six point lead after only two races.
When John Lindman got away with a flyer in heat 3, it looked like the Bandits would further extend their lead but he came a cropper on the second bend when miles in front.
David Howe was then pulled back for doing what his team mate had done, before he made the gate on the third running. He managed to hold off Claus Vissing for a couple of laps before the Dane passed him. Paul Starke nursed his sick sounding bike round for the odd point.
Tigers looked like they would then draw level in heat 4 only for Chris Harris to come off on the first bend, just clearing the track in time to allow James Sarjeant to win.
After a quick track grade, it looked as if Glasgow had finally got their gating boots on, taking maximum points in heats 5 and 6, although a nasty fall for Etheridge in the latter heat meant Richie Worrall having to pass Busk Jakobsen in the re-run.
Back came the visitors, with Howe holding off Harris to win heat 7 with John Lindman pushing home for a point, after a fall, with Jack Thomas failing to get past the second bend for the second time.
4-2s were traded in the next two, with Dany Gappmaier giving Vissing his only defeat after an electric gate in heat 9.
Tigers then made a decisive break with a heat 10 5-1 , then picking up a fortunate 4-2 in heat 11 after an Aaron Summers stoppage.
Out came the expected tactical substitute in heat 12, with Howe replacing Lindman, whilst Gappmaier replaced the injured Jye Etheridge. In probably the best race of the night Sarjeant managed to hold off the Austrian, whilst Starke and Howe kept each other honest at the back. You could’ve thrown the proverbial blanket over the four of them at the finish .
Busk Jakobsen shot out of gate 4 to win heat 13, with the Tigers behind him, although Harris had to work hard to stay ahead of Summers.
Tigers finally put the Bandits to bed in heat 14 with another 5-1 to go 14 up before Worrall and Vissing repeated the feat in the last to give a slightly flattering 18 point win.
Despite the wet track, this was an entertaining meeting, with the home side finally pulling away from a stubborn Berwick side who gave as good as they got, until falling away in the second half of the meeting.
Again Claus Vissing excelled, only dropping one point, whilst Richie Worrall and James Sarjeant put their opening night performance behind them, both scoring double figures.
Berwick’ s lack of heat winners took their toll, although Dany Gappmaier, Kevin Doolan and initially David Howe all went well. However it was a disastrous night for former Tigers captain Aaron Summers, twice stopping and only picking up one point.
Next up for Glasgow is the return of the men from the East next Sunday, after a couple of away matches at Berwick and Edinburgh.
Glasgow Tigers 54 Berwick Bandits 36 Championship Shield 13/4/2018 Glasgow Tigers Richie Worrall 2 2* 3 2 3 12 + 1 Lewis Kerr 0 3 3 2* 8 + 1 Paul Starke 1 2* 0 1 4 + 1 Claus Vissing 3 3 2 3 2* 13 + 1 Chris Harris F 2 3 1* 6 + 1 Jack Thomas R R 1 1 James Sarjeant 1 3 1 3 2* 10 + 1 Berwick Bandits Aaron Summers 1 R R 0 1 Kevin Doolan 3 1 2 2 0 8 John Lindman Fx 1 0 1 David Howe 2 3 1 0 1 7 Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen 1* 1 1 3 1 7 + 1 Jye Etheridge 2* Fx 2 + 1 Dany Gappmaier 3 2 0 3 2 0 10 Heat 1 - Kevin Doolan ; Richie Worrall ; Aaron Summers ; Lewis Kerr ; 58.19 track record (2-4)(2-4) Heat 2 - Dany Gappmaier ; Jye Etheridge ; James Sarjeant ; Jack Thomas(R) ; 60.13 (1-5)(3-9) Heat 3 - (2 re-runs) Claus Vissing ; David Howe ; Paul Starke ; John Lindman(Fx) ; 59.5 (4-2)(7-11) Heat 4 - James Sarjeant ; Dany Gappmaier ; Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen ; Chris Harris (F) ; 60.0 (3-3)(10-14) Heat 5 - Claus Vissing ; Paul Starke ; Kevin Doolan ; Aaron Summers(R) ; 58.76 (5-1)(15-15) Heat 6 - (re-run) Lewis Kerr ; Richie Worrall ; Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen ; Jye Etheridge(Fx) ; 59.3 (5-1)(20-16) Heat 7 - David Howe ; Chris Harris ; John Lindman(f, pushed home) ; Jack Thomas(R) ; 59.87 (2-4)(22-20) Heat 8 - Lewis Kerr ; Kevin Doolan ; James Sarjeant ; Dany Gappmaier ; 59.34 (4-2)(26-22) Heat 9 - Dany Gappmaier ; Claus Vissing ; Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen ; Paul Starke ; 59.34 (2-4)(28-26) Heat 10 - Richie Worrall ; Lewis Kerr ; David Howe ; John Lindman ; 59.35 (5-1)(33-27) Heat 11 - Chris Harris ; Kevin Doolan ; Jack Thomas ; Aaron Summers(R) ; 60.2 (4-2)(37-29) Heat 12 - James Sarjeant ; Dany Gappmaier ; Paul Starke ; David Howe ; 60.28 (4-2)(41-31) Heat 13 - Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen ; Richie Worrall ; Chris Harris ; Aaron Summers ; 60.19 (3-3)(44-34) Heat 14 - Claus Vissing ; James Sarjeant ; David Howe ; Dany Gappmaier ; 60.74 (5-1)(49-35) Heat 15 - Richie Worrall ; Claus Vissing ; Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen ; Kevin Doolan ; 60.1 (5-1)(54-36)