Tigers lose out in cup race-off

CAMI Brown praised his Glasgow side for pushing Edinburgh all the way to a race-off in the Scottish Cup final second leg.

The Tigers went into tonight’s meeting holding a 50-40 lead from the first leg way back in March.

For most of the match it looked as though they were going to keep the Monarchs at enough of a distance to take home their first team silverware of the campaign – until Ricky Wells and Erik Riss secured a 5-1 in heat 13 to go 10 ahead.

Glasgow’s Paul Starke won both heats 14 and 15 – but his partners couldn’t find a second or third place – meaning the teams were on 90 apiece after 30 races.

Starke was chosen to go out in a run-off against Wells, but the home advantage came through and the American sealed the trophy for the home team.

Team boss Brown said: “We rode well and the boys deserve credit for keeping it close throughout the match.

“We got a lot of 3-3s and that was all we needed to stay within 10 points of them.

“Paul was excellent in the last two heats and it’s cruel that he lost out in a race-off – but given we lost by 23 points here last time, and were without our top rider again tonight, it’s a good effort, and it sets us up fairly well for the play-offs next weekend.”

The Tigers race Workington at home next Friday then the Comets at Derwent Park next Saturday as they bid to seal their place in only their second Championship play-off final.

EDINBURGH 50: Ricky Wells 13+1, Erik Riss 12+1, Richie Worrall 10, Josh Pickering 6+2, Victor Palovaara 6+1, William Lawson 5+1, David Wallinger (guest) 0.
GLASGOW 40: Paul Starke 10+1, Chris Harris 9, James Sarjeant 5+3, Claus Vissing 5+1, Carl Wilkinson 5+1 (guest), Richard Lawson 5+1 (guest), Jack Thomas 1+1.