Tigers moved into second place in the table, level with Edinburgh, as they took their weekend total to 5 over Berwick in an eventful match that had 7 re-runs! Bizarrely, since Berwick’s last visit in June, Glasgow had went 3 successive home matches without a re-run !!
Tigers returned to full strength with Nike Lunna recovering from illness while Berwick had their usual change at reserve, Alfie Bowtell guesting for Lee Payne.
Tigers opened up with a 4-2 with Richard Lawson just 0.33 outside the track record.
Heat 2 took 3 attempts, with Jye Etheridge knocking off Tom Perry after the Tiger attempted to go around him on the fourth bend, then Bowtell and Jack Smith tangled on the first bend, before Smith and Perry took the 5-1.
Another 5-1 followed in heat 3 through Richie Worrall and Dan Bewley and heat 4 looked like it would follow suit but with Smith in sight of the chequered flag he picked up too much drive on the last bend and hit the fence. Despite walking away he withdrew from the meeting.
Heat 5 saw Berwick attempt the TR and again after a false start and a first bend fall for TR man Nick Morris, it got underway at the third attempt. Unfortunately for Berwick, Morris lifted and maybe caused his cut out to come out. By the time he fixed it, Glasgow were on their way to another 5-1.
Heat 6 looked like Berwick would stop the rot as they gated behind Lawson with Nike Lunna at the back. The Finn wasted little time picking off Kevin Doolan on the third bend before doing the same to Etheridge on the following lap, the Bandit falling as he passed. He was unable to get up and the race awarded 5-1.
Perry kept the heat advantage run going in heat 7 passing Gappmaier for third and a 4-2. He then followed this up, passing Bowtell on the second lap, for a heat eight 5-1. By this point Berwick were looking at a record defeat with the score 36-12.
However they improved over the second half of the meeting, drawing heat 9 after Bewley missed the start, picking up a heat advantage in heat 10 after Lunna reared at the start and fell. David Howe holding off a fast charging Richard Lawson and then Gappmaier ended Worrall’s maximum in heat 12 before Morris won heats 13 and 15. Although in the last heat they had a 4-2 before Howe’s retirement. Worrall and Morris throwing their bikes at each other for the first lap.
Glasgow had this meeting sewn up by heat 10 but in truth they had won it by heat 5 after Berwick’s disastrous TR attempt and awful start. Glasgow seemed to revel in the deeper track conditions at the start with the visitors only coming into the match when the track got a bit drier and slicker. Glasgow also appeared to take their foot off the gas near the end allowing Berwick some respectability.
All the home side won a race and despite the score line, there were some good races, especially early on. Tom Perry, taking advantage of the extra rides to get his highest score since May, was involved in most of them and deserved his man of the match award.
Berwick with 4 former Tigers would’ve expected to do better but only David Howe and latterly Nick Morris competed with the home men.
Tigers take a break due to the Cardiff GP before returning in a fortnight for a crucial match against Ipswich.
Glasgow Tigers 58 Berwick Bandits 32 SGBC 16/7/2017 Glasgow Tigers Richard Lawson 3 3 2 1* 9 + 1 Nike Lunna 1 2* 3 Fx 6 + 1 Richie Worrall 3 3 3 2 2 13 Dan Bewley 2* 2* 0 3 7 + 2 Aaron Summers 3 3 3 2 1* 12 + 1 Tom Perry 2* 1 2* 1 1* 1 8 + 3 Jack Smith 3 F 3 Berwick Bandits Nick Morris 2 0^ 2 3 3 10 Joe Jacobs 0 1 0 1 Dany Gappmaier 0 0 1 3 4 David Howe 1 2 3 2 R 8 Kevin Doolan 2 1 2 0 5 Jye Etheridge X Fx 0 1* 0 1 + 1 Alfie Bowtell 1 1* 1 0 3 + 1 Heat 1 - Richard Lawson ; Nick Morris ; Nike Lunna ; Joe Jacobs ; 55.92 (4-2)(4-2) Heat 2 - (2 re-runs)Jack Smith ; Tom Perry ; Alfie Bowtell ; Jye Etheridge(X) ; 58.38 (5-1)(9-3) Heat 3 - Richie Worrall ; Dan Bewley ; David Howe ; Dany Gappmaier ; 56.81 (5-1)(14-4) Heat 4 - Aaron Summers ; Kevin Doolan ; Alfie Bowtell ; Jack Smith(F) ; 58.52 (3-3)(17-7) Heat 5 - (2 re-runs)Richie Worrall ; Dan Bewley ; Joe Jacobs ; Nick Morris(0^) (TR) ; 58.2 (5-1)(22-8) Heat 6 - (awarded)Richard Lawson ; Nike Lunna ; Kevin Doolan ; Jye Etheridge(Fx) ; no time (5-1)(27-9) Heat 7 - Aaron Summers ; David Howe ; Tom Perry ; Dany Gappmaier ; 57.18 (4-2)(31-11) Heat 8 - (re-run)Nike Lunna ; Tom Perry ; Alfie Bowtell ; Jye Etheridge ; Jacobs(XT) 58.05 (5-1)(36-12) Heat 9 - (re-run)Richie Worrall ; Kevin Doolan ; Jye Etheridge ; Dan Bewley ; 57.07 (3-3)(39-15) Heat 10 - (re-run)David Howe ; Richard Lawson ; Dany Gappmaier ; Nike Lunna(Fx) ; 58.64 (2-4)(41-19) Heat 11 - Aaron Summers ; Nick Morris ; Tom Perry ; Joe Jacobs ; 58.31 (4-2)(45-21) Heat 12 - Dany Gappmaier ; Richie Worrall ; Tom Perry ; Jye Etheridge ; 58.03 (3-3)(48-24) Heat 13 - Nick Morris ; Aaron Summers ; Richard Lawson ; Kevin Doolan ; 57.38 (3-3)(51-27) Heat 14 - Dan Bewley ; David Howe ; Tom Perry ; Alfie Bowtell ; 58.76 (4-2)(55-29) Heat 15 - Nick Morris ; Richie Worrall ; Aaron Summers ; David Howe(R) ; 58.29 (3-3)(58-32)