Point taken in first league defeat

GLASGOW suffered their first league defeat of the season at Newcastle tonight – but added another point to their Championship tally.

A last-heat 4-2 ensured they didn’t come home empty-handed following a tough night on Tyneside.

The Tigers management felt several decisions went against them and four of the seven riders only managed to score a few points.

However, Sam Masters proved a capable stand-in for Craig Cook at No 1 with a double-figure score while Rasmus Jensen bagged 14.

The result keeps Glasgow in the play-off spots, with meetings in hand over their fellow title challengers.

Manager Cami Brown said: “When we were heading down we thought a point might be a good result down there.

“To get a point isn’t the end of the world. We were 11 down at one point and had a 5-0 against us in one race, so when you add all of that up, I suppose it’s not too bad. We managed to fight back and actually led at one stage.

“Most of the action was from the start – it was very much gate and go, unfortunately. But the guys all stuck at it and tried hard.

“Sam tried his best for us and did very well for us, I was quite impressed with him. Young Connor had rough night but it was his first time on the track.”

Brown confirmed that Paul Starke – who twice fell while chasing points – had walked away from the meeting unscathed.

The Tigers are now sweating on the fitness of Craig Cook following his horror crash at last night’s Speedway of Nations while representing Great Britain.

He continued to race and took part in today’s second leg, but said afterwards he’d been struggling to hold on to the bike, and Glasgow must wait to see if he can take his place for Tuesday’s home leg of the Championship Shield semi-final against Eastbourne.

NEWCASTLE 47: Max Clegg 11+1, Lasse Bjerre 10+1, Ben Barker 7, Steve Worrall 6+2, Matthew Wethers 5+1, Danny Phillips 4+2, Ulrich Ostergaard 4
GLASGOW 42: Rasmus Jensen 14, Sam Masters 12+1, Claus Vissing 6+2, Paul Starke 4, James Sarjeant 3, Kyle Bickley 2+1, Connor Bailey 1
Championship points: Newcastle 3 Glasgow 1