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Bandits bounce back to give Glasgow a shake

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Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 52
Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 38
SGB Championship Shield - Borders Group
Photo: Taz McD Photography (Gappmaier, Busk Jakobsen, Cook)

As with the night before when the Glasgow Tigers took a solid win over the Berwick Bandits at Ashfield, Craig Cook started where he left off for the visitors, and blasted away from the Heat One gate to easily take his three points over Bandits' Aaron Summers and Kevin Doolan to start the match level 3-3, before Coty Garcia and Leon Flint hit a Berwick 4-2 in Heat Two as Flint made an error on the first bend allowing Kyle Bickley through for second, putting Berwick two up.

That lead extended to six with a 5-1 from Dany Gappmaier and Doolan, both of whom passed Rasmus Jensen on bend two while in the fourth Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen almost whipped up between both Claus Vissing and Bickley, but Vissing powered up and held the lead to win in a 2-4 narrowing the gap to four points, 14-10.

Cook took the fifth with ease, but a fall for James Sarjeant on the last lap meant the chasing Gappmaier and Garcia took the other three points in a shared heat, before Summers and Doolan took an easy 5-1 over Vissing taking the score to 22-14. Come Heat Nine, the Tigers brought in tactical substitute Cook for Luke Chessell but found himself in third behind Gappmaier and Busk Jakobsen who took the 5-1, as did Starke behind Summers and Doolan in the 10th leaving the pre-interval score set at 37-23.

After the interval Cook and Sarjeant made up for earlier errors and hammered home an away 1-5 over Busk Jakobsen and Garcia taking the gap back down to 10 points again before young Flint regained his confidence and speed to pass Jensen round the second bend to join his partner, Gappmaier up front and defended his two points well in the home maximum restoring Berwick's 14 point lead.

Cook went from first to third and back to first on the opening lap in Heat 13 as he split the points with Summers and Busk Jakobsen while Starke took the 14th over Gappmaier and Flint who clinched all available Shield points up for grabs and left Glasgow with nothing.

While he didn't take a ride in the meeting, Berwick listed as the number eight, young Mason Watson, a local lad, and the first to emerge from the Duns Speedway Academy having come from the Grass Track ranks, and this lad is just the first, and the process is now producing new speedway talent.

Team manager Gary Flint was justly satisfied, saying: "We're not a bad side are we? In this group we've really got the other teams in our group sitting up and taking notice as we're now on 10 points from four matches and a home and away with Edinburgh left, so we're here to make a statement of intent from the off. As for Dany and Nikolaj decisively beating Craig Cook into third place in Heat Nine, what an effort! Brilliant stuff!"

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 52

Aaron Summers 2,3,3,2,2 = 12
Kevin Doolan (c) 1*,2*,2*,2,2* = 9+4
Dany Gappmaier 3,2,3,3,2,1* = 14+1
Jye Etheridge - Rider replacement
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 2,3,2*,1,1* = 9+2
Coty Garcia (r) 3,1*,R,0,N = 4+1
Leon Flint (r) 1,0,0,2*,1* = 4+2

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 38

Craig Cook (c) 3,3,1,3,3,3 = 16
James Sarjeant 0,F,3,2*,F = 5+1
Rasmus Jensen 1,1*,0,1 = 3+1
Paul Starke 0,2,1,3 = 6
Claus Vissing 3,1,0,0 = 4
Luke Chessell (r) 0,0,Ts,0 = 0
Kyle Bickley (r) 2,1,1,0 = 4