Harris roars back to kick-start title charge

CHRIS Harris roared back to his best as Glasgow beat reigning champions Sheffield for their first Championship points tonight.

‘Bomber’ dropped just one point to an opponent as the Tigers fought off an early challenge from the visitors to win 53-37.

Richie Worrall also had his best home showing of the year while Claus Vissing hit double figures again in a convincing display.

Harris thrilled the crowds with some superb moves to fight his way to the front throughout the match – and said he felt much more like his old self.

“It was almost perfect,” he said.

“I lifted a bit off gate four in the final race and coming off the second bend I thought it was Richie, but it turned out to be (Sheffield rider) Charles Wright. To be fair, he rode a good line.

“But I’m not too disappointed. I got paid 14 and after the few weeks we’ve had, I’ll take that. We’re getting there slowly.

“I changed a few things from when I was here. It’s still not quite right, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

The win came at a cost, though, as Paul Starke was forced to pull out of the meeting following a horrendous spill in his third ride, though he managed to walk away from the incident.

Jack Thomas was also feeling the effects of injury, following his smash in Tuesday’s British U21 Final, but he soldiered on – despite suspecting he’d cracked a few ribs – and was better than his three points suggested.

And it was another strong performance at No 2 for Lewis Kerr who went unbeaten by an opponent in three of his four outings.

The win puts three points on the board to kick the Tigers’ Championship campaign off, with a home meeting against Workington up next – when they hope to take another step closer to qualifying for the next stage of the Championship Shield.

GLASGOW 53: Chris Harris 13+1, Richie Worrall 11+2, Claus Vissing 10, Lewis Kerr 8+1, James Sarjeant 5+1, Paul Starke 3+2, Jack Thomas 3.
SHEFFIELD 37: Charles Wright 14, Lasse Bjerre 8, James Shanes 5, Jack Smith 4+1, Jan Graversen 3+1, Todd Kurtz 3, Kyle Howarth R/R.

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