JAMES Sarjeant says Glasgow are “getting there” in their attempts to place themselves as genuine Championship title contenders after a vital win over high-flying Lakeside.
The Glasgow reserve scored a brilliant paid-13 in his best showing of the season in the 51-38 victory.
It was just what the Tigers needed after a couple of deflating away defeats – and they move within three points of the Hammers, who sit in second place.
Sarjeant’s heat two win set the tone for his night – and he rounded his meeting off with another victory, his 5-1 with thrilling guest Ben Barker in heat 14 securing the three points.
The 24-year-old said: “The track was a lot better this week – there was a lot more dirt on it.
“I prefer it like that and it showed in my riding. I came up after Sheffield two weeks ago and did a few laps just to start enjoying riding Glasgow again.
“I think that helped me out a bit and I took it into today.
“There have been a few matches where I’ve not performed and that’s cost us a few points, so it works both ways.
“We keep saying it but if we all fire at the same time we’re going to be pretty unstoppable home and away.
“We’re getting there now and the track is helping. The track staff and management have worked hard, listened to us and given us what we want – and that’s what we need to win our home matches, while also picking up points away from home.”
Lakeside’s only real challenge came from their heatleaders – Nick Morris, Adam Ellis and Richard Lawson all taking impressive wins at different stages of the match.
However with Sarjeant’s score and wins from five of the other six Tigers, the visitors struggled to make any real impact on the match.
Glasgow next race at Scunthorpe on July 22, but host the FIM U21 World Cup semi-final next Saturday.
GLASGOW 51: James Sarjeant 12+1, Ben Barker 11+4, Paul Starke 9+2, Chris Harris 9, Richie Worrall 9, Jack Thomas 1, Lewis Kerr R/R.
LAKESIDE 38: Nick Morris 12+1, Richard Lawson 11, Adam Ellis 9, Kyle Newman 3, Ben Morley 3, Alfie Bowtell 0, Ben Hopwood 0.