Glasgow Tigers V Edinburgh Monarchs Match Report
Sky high Tigers go top of the league!
In an eventful meeting, Tigers, using rider replacement for the injured Nike Lunna, eventually ran out comfortable winners against a full strength Monarchs side that tonight relied heavily on their heat leaders. The action was broadcast live on Sky Sports, who must have been impressed by the intensity of the racing and the atmosphere generated by a large enthusiastic crowd.
The weather had tried its best to spoil things and the track was a bit greasy to begin with and slicker than normal. This seemed to catch out some of the Tigers team with honours even after five heats (15-15). Heat 6 saw Tigers take a narrow 4 point lead with Richard Lawson team riding his partner Coty Garcia home for the first 5-1 of the night.
The Monarchs then stabilised things thanks to good rides from Ryan Fisher and Kevin Wolbert, in particular, and by heat 10 Tigers were only 2 points in front.
Heat 11 was crucial with the skipper Aaron Summers and Coty Garcia taking on the unbeaten Sam Masters and Mark Riss, who was making his debut at Ashfield. After four laps it was the Tigers pairing that came out on top as the decibel levels in the stand reached an all-time high!
Tigers never looked back and won the next three heats by 4-2 despite the efforts of Masters and Fisher. Heat 14 stood out. With the Monarchs at this stage 10 points down they desperately required a heat advantage if they were to have any hope of salvaging a league point by finishing within 6 points of the Tigers. However, the previously unbeaten Ryan Fisher was passed by Coty Garcia on the opening bends and rode a highly charged 4 laps to win despite the tremendous efforts of Fisher. As Garcia crossed the line in first place, the noise from the crowd was unbelievable! With Rene Bach in 3rd place this confirmed that Monarchs would go away with nothing.
Heat 15, the nominated riders race, was shared with Ryan Fisher of the Monarchs winning to finish the night with an impressive 14 points.
However, it was the Tigers that took the honours with all six riders contributing to the victory.
Coty Garcia won the ‘rider of the night’ award and the Tigers moved back to the top of the Premier League!