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Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 49
Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) 41
SGB Championship

One point and one place separated the Glasgow Tigers and the Berwick Bandits before last night's SGB Championship clash at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium with Berwick desperate to rise above their fourth place to leapfrog the Tigers should they take an unexpected away win, but Glasgow had dropped two, brining in GP star Craig Cook and Nathan Greaves in an act of strengthening.

Cook was out in Heat One with Greaves against Berwick skipper Kevin Doolan and Aaron Summers, but to the local's dismay it was Summers who made the untroubled gate and Doolan who fended off Cook all race to score a Bandits' 1-5 maximum against all odds.

James Sarjeant took Heat Two, battling hard with Dany Gappmaier on the first two laps until the Austrian got a bit close to Sarjeant's exhaust pipe and moved back to third as Theo Pijper moved into second to share the race 3-3 however former Bandit Claus Vissing gated well in the third followed by Jye Etheridge until the Bandit locked up on the second bend allowing Paul Starke to whip up his inside and take the home 5-1, although not helped by David Howe's engine which spluttered into action after a slow 100 yards.

Another good battle in the Four saw Chris Harris take the win over Gappmaier and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen in a share of the spoils which took the score to 12-12, as the equilibrium remained after Summers soared round Vissing on the first bend of the third lap in Heat Five's 3-3.

Heat Six needed a restart after a tight opening bend saw Greaves hit the fence hard with an all four recall, but the fallen rider needed lengthy medical attention Sarjeant was announced as his replacement as Greaves needed to go off to hospital.

Cook won the re-run over Busk Jakobsen and Pijper as the sides remained locked at 18-all, and moved on to 21-21 after Heat Seven's share won by Harris, but after track grading Heat Eight put the Bandits four up again as Gappmaier won ahead of Summers after Sarjeant initially led before both Bandits Passed him with Thomas at the back and the score now 22-26.

Pijper and Starke battled hard in Heat Nine, but with Busk Jakobsen out in front, Starke took the second in a Bandits' 2-4, extending the lead to 24-30, but Harris as a Heat 10 tactical substitute and Cook took the big five over Howe and Etheridge to tighten the score line back to 29-31 before another home maximum from Sarjeant and Harris in Heat 11 over Summers and Doolan gave Glasgow the lead for he first time on the night, 34-32.

Following a shared heat 12, Cook, Harris, Doolan and Busk Jakobsen lined up for a critical Heat 13, with Cook blasting away for three points, but with Harris falling it too was a shared heat as Glasgow maintained their two point advantage, 40-38 with two races to go and Sarjeant's resurgence took Heat 14 well, after a brilliant race wits Howe making is lead awkward all the way as Gappmaier and Starke battled behind with the Glasgow man taking he point in a 4-2 which left Berwick needing a 1-5 in Heat 15 to pull off a draw.

That was down to Summers and Busk Jakobsen against Cook and Harris to battle out, and sadly for the Bandits it was the Tiger duo who rode off for the maximum depriving the Bandits of a deserved league point.

Bandits' team manager Scott Courtney was full of praise for his side saying: "Many people had written us off well before Heat One tonight, but that first race gave us the chance to show what our intention was and all the guys played their part in keeping it as tight as we could through the match with some great racing full of determination and it was only over the last couple of heat where we lost our grip and they turned the screws. But now we need revenge on the return match tonight!"

Individual Rides' Score Chart:

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 49

Craig Cook 1,3,2*,3,3 = 12+1
Nathan Greaves 0,Fn,N,N = 0 withdrawn injured
Claus Vissing 3,2,0,3 = 8
Paul Starke 2*,1*,2,1 = 6+2
Chris Harris 3,3,3,2*,F,2* = 13+2
James Sarjeant (r) 3,0,1,3,0,3 = 10
Jack Thomas (r) 0,0,0,0 = 0

Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) 41

Kevin Doolan (c) 2*,0,0,1* = 3+2
Aaron Summers 3,3,2*,1,0 = 9+1
Jye Etheridge 1,1*,0,N = 2+1
David Howe 0,2,1,2 = 5
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 1*,2,3,2,1 = 9+1
Theo Pijper (r) 2,1*,1,1* = 5+2
Dany Gappmaier (r) 1*,2,3,2,0 = 8+1