Red-hot Cook spoils the Witches’ broth

RED-HOT Craig Cook spoiled the Witches’ broth – and the Glasgow fans yet again – with another stunning maximum to keep the Tigers’ play-off hopes alive.

The Grand Prix star stormed to his third full house in five meetings, just two days after being crowned the league’s top rider, to snatch the win and almost certainly send Ipswich out the title race.

Glasgow trailed from the fourth race and were seven down at one point.

But a late resurgence led by their star man moved them to second in the table and ensures they’re right in the hunt to make the end-of-season showdown.

Cook, who incredibly has been beaten just three times for his new club, said: “We needed to dig deep. The track was maybe a bit too sticky for the reserves, but towards the end of the meeting they really pulled it together and got some form.

“It wasn’t going very positively midway through the meeting but we’ve come back strong and got the three points that we badly needed.

“The truth is we can’t perform like that in the next meeting because if we do, we will get beaten.

“The boys need to regroup and look towards the next meeting. We need to come together as a team and if there’s anything I can do for the lads to help them, if there’s anything we need, I’ll offer it.

“I want to get Glasgow to the play-offs and give us a chance of winning. Everyone has put so much into this club – so I want to pay them back for bringing me on board.”

It’s been an incredible few days for Cook who scored 15 against Newcastle on Friday then won the Championship Riders’ Individual on Sunday.

He admitted: “It’s not been the worst week. Going to Sheffield I’ve won that meeting before but I approached it really differently this time – it’s six years since I last won it.

“I’m happy to do it for Glasgow speedway, it’s 26 years since that title was held by a Glasgow rider, so it’s been my pleasure to win it for the club and for all the supporters.”

It was a tough night for a couple of Tigers as Ipswich came quickly out the traps – with 16-year-old sensation Drew Kemp hugely impressive on his Ashfield racing debut.

But the Witches were hit by injuries to Cameron Heeps and guest Scott Nicholls later in the meeting which allowed the home team – who’d lost points of their own while in scoring positions – to edge their way back in.

Heat 14 proved to be the crucial race with Jack Thomas and Paul Starke blasting from the gate to take a 5-1, with Mark Riss coming down late on, and it was down to Cook to seal the deal by winning the final heat.

It takes Glasgow into a huge meeting next Tuesday against Edinburgh – potentially the club’s biggest challengers now for the final play-off spot.

GLASGOW 47: Craig Cook 15 (max), Chris Harris 11+1, Claus Vissing 8, Paul Starke 5+2, Jack Thomas 5, James Sarjeant 2, Gino Manzares 1.
IPSWICH 42: Nico Covatti 11, Scott Nicholls 10, Drew Kemp 9, Cameron Heeps 7+3, Fernando Garcia 3+1, Mark Riss 2+1, Rory Schlein R/R.