|Glasgow Premier Travel Inn 'Tigers' v Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers'||Premier Trophy||2nd April|
|Referee: Stuart Wilson||01||02||03||04||05||06||07||08||09||10||11||12||13||14||15||Tot+Bp|
|Shane Parker ©||9.60||3||2'||3||3||3||14+1|
|André Compton ©||8.48||2||3||2||1||1'||9+1|
|Track record: 57.6|
Shane Parker, 18 May '04
Glasgow finally got their home season under way with this match against Sheffield. Both teams were at full strength and approached the match in good form. Glasgow already had recorded an away win at Berwick while Sheffield had produced some creditable away results e.g. going down by just two points at Berwick the night before.
Glasgow kicked off with the worst possible start as Ricky Ashworth and Ben Wilson skated off to win heat 1 ahead of Danny Bird, but their anguish was short lived as the home reserves, James Cockle and Robert Ksiezak, reversed that score in heat 2 to level the scores. Kauko Nieminen won heat 3 for a 3-3, then Shane parker passed André Compton to win heat 4 with James Cockle outpacing Benji Compton leaving the scores at 13-11.
Sheffield were back on level terms when Ricky Ashworth beat Nieminen in heat 5 with Ben Wilson third for a 2-4 then heat 6 had to be re-started twice. In the first running, David McAllan had moved at the start so the referee called all four back although Sheffield were on a 2-4 at the time. In the rerun, Danny Bird touched the tapes as his bike seized so he was excluded. Robert Ksiezak came into the race and took second place behind André Compton. With David McAllan third the race was shared and the scores still tied. Glasgow made a decisive move in heats 7 and 8 both resulting in 5-1s to the Scottish species of Tiger. In heat 7 Robert Ksiezak made the start and Shane Parker slipped in behind him to deny the Sheffield pair of Sanchez and Legault. Then in heat 8 David McAllan and James Cockle repeated the dose leaving Ben Wilson in their wake for another maximum. This brought the score after eight heats to 28-20 with Sheffield in danger of slipping out of the match completely.
They fell ten points behind in heat 9 when Kauko Nieminen held off the challenge of André Compton for the race win with Lee Dicken taking his only point of the match ahead of Paul Cooper in third. Heat 10 was rerun after a nasty looking accident between Legault and McAllan. Legault was excluded although this was not a universally held view of the incident. In the rerun Emiliano Sanchez passed both James Cockle and then Danny Bird to share the heat. In heat 11 Shane Parker won again but this time he was on his own as Ben Wilson and Ricky Ashworth relegated Robert Ksiezak to the back. Sheffield got back into the match in heat 12 with Emiliano Sanchez taking a tactical ride. Although James Cockle made the start he was quickly passed by the Sheffield rider who got support from Paul Cooper taking his only point of the match by beating Lee Dicken. This gave Sheffield as 2-7 which brought the score after 12 heats to 40-35.
Any hopes that the visitors might have entertained of continuing their challenge effectively ended when Parker and Bird took a 5-1 from André Compton to restore the home side's lead to 9 points. Sheffield responded by giving Kyle Legault a tactical ride in heat 14. In the first attempt Legault was brought down by Robert Ksiezak who was excluded for his trouble. In the rerun Kauko Nieminen raced round the Sheffield pair on the first two bends for another race win but, since the Sheffield pair filled the minor places in the correct order, the visitors scored a 3-5 which narrowed the gap to 7 points. Glasgow were unable to stretch their lead any further in heat 15 despite a fine race win from the back by Shane Parker. Kauko Nieminen rather spoiled an excellent home debut by trailing in last behind Emiliano Sanchez and André Compton.
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