“Let’s kick-start the season”

Published on 20th June 2024
Author George Dodds
Team-mates this weekend but Danyon and Sam Hagon opposed each other in April

Both sides will be looking to kick-start their faltering season when the Jewson Bandits and Glasgow Tigers go head-to-head, home and away this weekend.

The action begins at Ashfield on Friday (7.30pm), moving on to Shielfield Park in front of the BSN cameras on Saturday (7pm).

“We’re travelling to Ashfield focussed on the task in hand,” team boss Stewart Dickson said. “Our first task is to keep things as close as possible with one eye on the aggregate point. Hopefully the black and gold fans will be travelling in numbers and we aim to do them proud.

“Glasgow ran us close at Shielfield earlier in the season despite only having six riders while we did reasonably well at Ashfield despite missing a track specialist in Lewis.”

Both sides desperately need the points, Berwick to turn around an injury-strewn four match losing streak while the Tigers have only one win from their three Cab Direct Championship – losing at Workington and Redcar.

Glasgow have added Jack Smith to their seven since they lost 48-42 at Shielfield Park in April’s BSN Series clash.

Smith replaces Lee Complin who failed a drugs’ test in the run-up to that meeting in April and is currently serving a 20-month ban.

Glasgow gained some semblance of revenge in the reverse fixture at Ashfield, a night when Poole’s Sam Hagon guested in place of Complin, and Claus Vissing, guesting for Leon Flint, top-scoring with 13 points.

Berwick were without number one Lewis Kerr that night, the former Tiger suffering an ankle injury riding for Oxford in the Premiership.

He’s back and finding the kind of form which saw him beat Glasgow number one three times at Shielfield Park.

Hagon, who has been in sparkling form for Poole this season, won the British under-21 Final on his last visit to Glasgow, beating SGP2 qualifier Leon Flint in the final, guests in place of injured Dane Bastian Borke for both meetings.

He is partnered at reserve by Jason Garrad who is having his best-ever season in Oxford’s National Development League, scoring 30 points from his three meetings so far, including a maximum against Edinburgh’s Academy.

Drew was among the points in the BSN Series

A third guest is Erik Riss who has the unenviable task of filling the void left by Rory Schlein’s season-ending crash, the German not currently attached to a Cab Direct Championship side but scoring freely for Oxford in the Premiership.

The 28-year-old has an exceptional record at Shielfield Park for both Redcar and Edinburgh and has also been among the points around Ashfield.

Riss lines up in the number three berth on Friday, swapping places with Jye Etheridge – back after missing the last two meetings suffering a concussion in the defeat against Scunthorpe – at five for the Shielfield fixture.

Glasgow’s challenge will be led by former Berwick captains Harris and Flint while Paul Starke and Ace Pijper are also former Berwick riders.

“It’s a chance for both sides to get points on the board,” Dickson added.

“Glasgow have had a very stop/start Championship campaign with very little continuity so perhaps there is a chance for us to catch them cold.

“After a solid, albeit not spectacular, start to the season we have been knocked sideways by injuries to Rory and Bastian who were both riding well above their averages.

“We let Scunthorpe beat us at home, a meeting we should never have  lost, so we have to get the season back on track.

“There are still 20 points available to us this season. We have to start picking them up.”

CAB DIRECT CHAMPIONSHIP  
(including 19 June)
Team P W D L F A Ag Pt
Poole 5 4 1 0 251 199 1 10
Scunthorpe 5 4 0 1 241 208 2 10
Oxford 6 3 1 2 295 243 1 9
Workington 6 4 0 2 275 265 1 9
Berwick 8 3 0 5 332 387 1 7
Redcar 9 3 0 6 392 417 0 6
Plymouth 5 2 0 3 229 220 1 5
Glasgow 3 1 0 2 128 142 0 2
Edinburgh 5 1 0 4 194 256 0 2
 

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Glasgow: Chris Harris, Paul Starke, Leon Flint, James Pearson, Steve Worrall, Jack Smith, Ace Pijper

Berwick: Lewi Kerr, Danyon Hume, Erik Riss (Jye Etheridge Saturday), Drew Kemp, Jye Etheridge (Erik Riss Saturday), Jason Garrad, Sam Hagon

Referee: Friday Jim McGregor, Saturday Gary Allen

Fit again Jye will renew battle with Chris Harris
Pictures: Taylor Lanning
George Dodds
George Dodds

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