|Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers' v Glasgow Travel Inn 'Tigers'||Premier League||9th June|
|Scott Smith (g)||8.85||0||2||1||-||3|
|Richard Hall r/r||6.90||-||-||-||-||(4+2)|
|Travel Inn 'Tigers'||4||7||10||11||12||16||18||22||25||27||28||32||40||42||44|
The visitors made full use of Birko's relegation to reserve and he took his full compliment of seven rides on his way to another top scoring performance. Doubt though whether it will gain him a reprieve and he looks set for the chop. Another Sheffield alumni had a chance to remind us all what we were missing but all he served to do was confirm what a good move we made when we dispensed with his services two years ago.
Scud led into turn three on the first lap of heat 1 but it was George who emerged in the lead out of the pits bend. Paul Cooper drew alongside Scud out of turn two on the second lap and won the battle of elbows as they clashed on the back straight, and after riding the track like he'd never seen it before Scott haemorrhaged third place to Matthew Wethers on the last lap. Birko trapped to win heat 2 convincingly, and the visitors maintained their narrow lead in heat 3 when Paul Cooper ground to a halt on the last lap whilst set for a 5-1 behind partner Ricky. André and Trevor surprised us with a big win over Birko and a pedestrian Shane Parker in heat 4. Good job there were no tv cameras present or we would have had another 'rider revolt' to conceal Shane's lack of preparation. Instead he just had to adapt to the conditions. Trevor was back out again in the next heat rounding fast starting Matthew Wethers on the third turn. Ricky also passed Matthew on turn four to make it back-to-back 5-1's
Paul led heat 6 until both Parker and Smith made a lunge up the inside into turn 3. Shane took the lead while Scud took his team mate out and Paul was lucky not to end up in the fence. Ben Wilson passed both Birko and Trent Leverington on the third turn in heat 7 although Birko wound it all on around the pits bend to recover second place. Birko gained his revenge for heat 4 by beating Trevor to win heat 8, and although Parker trapped to win heat 9 Ricky and Ben were able to share the points. Ben powered past Claus Kristensen on the third turn to lead heat 10 with Scud following him past, although Birko wasted little time before passing Scud in the same place on the next lap.André and Ben's maximum in heat 11 came as little surprise as it extended our lead to 10 points, and sure enough Birko's helmet was black and white in heat 12. Ricky outpaced him to take the win and Trevor went hard under Trent on the second lap to share the heat. Parker and Stancl trapped to win heat 13 with André curiously content to follow Ben around the inside and the lead was slashed to just three points thanks to the successful Glasgow tactics. Ben Wilson was out again and won heat 14 with Birko completing his own seventh outing by closing down and passing Ricky on the second turn on the last lap. Parker led heat 15 until André deposed him on the second lap and Ricky held third place by the skin of his teeth following concerted efforts by Matthew all the way to the finish line.
Andrew Moore joins the list of 'old boys' as our guest at Rye House on Sunday. Presumably this means that Adam Allott, Paul Lee, Ross Brady and Robbie Kessler can all be expected to make an appearance in the coming weeks. I wonder if Carl Glover can still get into his leathers..?
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