Tigers Joint-Top After Berwick Bashing

GLASGOW moved joint-top of the SGB Championship after taking five points in two matches against Berwick.

But team boss Stewart Dickson rued bike problems and a refereeing decision which may have cost his team a win on the road.

The Tigers ran out 58-32 winners over the Bandits at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium today in a meeting packed with incidents, to take all three points.

Last night they took two points in a 42-each draw at Berwick, with the meeting curtailed by rain.

The results mean they join Ipswich and Edinburgh at the summit of the table, with several matches in hand over both sides.

Each of Glasgow’s seven riders bagged paid wins today – though they lost Jack Smith halfway through the meeting as he withdrew following a couple of heavy spills – including when joining Aaron Summers for a 5-1 in heat four.

Nike Lunna and Tom Perry also walked away from awkward crashes, while the visitors’ Jye Etheridge was in the wars.

Dickson said: “We’re joint top of the league and it might come to for and against to get the top spot. I want the top spot because I want a pick in the play-off.

“It’s a shame for young Jack because it’s a day in which he could’ve filled his boots, and it was unfortunate because he was comfortably getting a paid win in heat four and picked up a bit of drive.

“All in all it’s good – 58 points at home and five points from the weekend – it’s not too shabby.

“It’s confidence-building with a big score at home. There were a few exciting races as well, considering Berwick aren’t very good on their travels.

“Hopefully Jack is OK – I think he’s just suffered a bit of bruising and a bit of swelling – and we can move on to next weekend.”

Summers was at the centre of the drama at Shielfield Park last night, as he twice lost out on points that may have handed his side a win.

Dickson said: “Aaron’s engine seized in heat four when we were on a 4-2 and we ended up losing a 4-2 – so that’s a four-point swing – and he was wrongly excluded in heat eight when Joe Jacobs lifted and left him with nowhere to go. It probably cost us the meeting.

“It was level going into heat 15 and to be honest, I wasn’t too fussed. I thought, two points, we’ll take that.

“It puts us onto +17, ahead of Ipswich and Sheffield. It’s nip and tuck and it’s going to swing back and forth.

“We can go anywhere and surprise anybody – whether they can do that, I don’t know.”

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