GLASGOW became the third team to reach the 47-point mark in the SGB Championship with a 58-32 win over Berwick at Ashfield.
The teams had drawn in the reverse fixture 24-hours earlier but the Tigers were convincing winners on home shale, providing 11 heat winners with Richie Worrall (13) and Aaron Summers (12+1) leading the way.
Nick Morris provided two of the Bandits’ successes in Heats 13 and 15 as he finished with 10 points, although an earlier tactical ride had proved unsuccessful.
Glasgow boss Stewart Dickson said: “We're joint top of the league and it might come to for and against to get the top spot. I want the top spot because I want a pick in the play-off.
“All in all it's good - 58 points at home and five points from the weekend - it's not too shabby.
“It's confidence-building with a big score at home. There were a few exciting races as well, considering Berwick aren't very good on their travels.”
Bandits boss Gary Havelock said: “If we'd managed to start the match in the way we ended it we might not have looked so out of things this afternoon, as Dany's (Gappmaier) last ride was incredible and Nick took got better and better as the heats rolled on.
“It was an odd match, but one which shows how our season has gone to date with bursts of excellence when you least expect them.”
Meanwhile Peterborough returned to winning ways with fourth win this season over Redcar.
The Panthers defeated the Bears 51-42 at the East of England Arena to complete home and away doubles in both the league and KO Cup.
Top duo Chris Harris (12+1) and Jack Holder (11+1) were both in the major points for the home side, whilst Ben Barker piled up 15+1 against his old club for the visitors, including winning a tactical ride.
Harris said: “Losing at home to Sheffield again on Friday was a big disappointment and we knew we needed to bounce back.
“Redcar are a strong side and they made it tough for us – just as we knew they would – but we got ourselves ahead and managed to stay there.
“It was really important to get a result for the fans. They turned out in force on Friday night to see us get beaten and they were back again in big numbers to support us against Redcar.”
DAN Halsey scored a 15-point maximum to help Mildenhall move above Birmingham in the National League table.
The Fen Tigers’ top four amassed a total of 46 points in their 54-36 victory against a patched-up Brummies side who used three guests and rider-replacement.
Connor Mountain (12+3) was also unbeaten for the home side with Jon Armstrong adding 10 and Jordan Jenkins 9+2, with mid-season signing Taylor Hampshire racking up 13 points for the visitors at reserve.
Mildenhall promoter Kevin Jolly said: “That’s a straight ten at home now and I really don’t envisage us being beaten at home this year.
“When out top four are on this kind of form we are very hard to beat, they scored 46 between them and apart from Taylor Hampshire at reserve didn’t cause us many problems.”
Brummies boss Graham Drury said: “The riders couldn't find a set-up to suit them, their gating was well below-par and they just weren't at the races.
“But take nothing away from Mildenhall, they've built a very strong team this year and it's going to take something exceptional to stop them at their own place from here on in.
“No matter what the scoreline or performance, I always try and take a positive or two. And while today there were very few, I thought Taylor Hampshire was tremendous again and thank goodness he was.”
LEICESTER hand a debut to Polish recruit Pawel Przedpelski – and a first home outing to Kyle Newman – in tonight’s (Monday) BT Sport-televised clash with Swindon.
Adult admission is £9.99 for the clash at Beaumont Park with under-18s going free as the new-look Lions look to upset the Robins’ recent winning run.
The visitors defeated Belle Vue home and away last week and again bring in Troy Batchelor to guest for injured skipper Jason Doyle, with a place in the top four available if they win again.
Lions co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Obviously we’ve reduced admission which is a big incentive, and we’ve got Pawel Przedpelski making his debut and meeting with supporters beforehand which is a big draw.
“We basically just want people to come down and soak it up. The weather is looking good and the atmosphere should be great.
“Whether you’ve been to speedway or not before, come down to get involved and enjoy what should be a fantastic evening of racing.”
Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “We’re certainly capable of winning, and we’ve got to go there believing we can do it.
“It’s a totally different track to Belle Vue, but with the way we’re gating at the moment, and with the focus that’s in the team, I just think it’s time for everyone to be positive.
“It was all negative and doom-and-gloom when we lost Jason, but we’ve got a team of racers here, and guys that listen and are hungry.”
Meanwhile Wolverhampton have top spot in their sights when they host Poole at Monmore Green – but boss Peter Adams admits he is unsure of what sort of challenge to expect.
The Pirates have made changes of late, with Timo Lahti their latest addition as he replaces Nicolai Klindt, whilst promoter Matt Ford has called on No.1 Krzysztof Kasprzak to provide the top-end strength the Dorset club are seeking.
Max Clegg guests at reserve for Wolves with Mark Riss still on the injury list, and Jacob Thorssell moves into the No.5 position exchanging places with Jacob Thorssell.
Adams said: “You never know what to expect from Poole this year but we have to anticipate that they'll be coming all guns blazing and that's the best way for us to prepare.
“They've still got a very capable side but we just have to focus on what we're doing ourselves - and that goes for the league table as well.
“Swindon's results against Belle Vue last week were very handy - but we haven't got to worry about what Belle Vue are doing. We know ourselves what we need to do as a team and I think it's fair to say we're doing just that.”
Ford said: “(Kryzsztof) really needs to get back into the groove very quickly. We have an active schedule ahead of us and it is important that we not only consolidate our play-off position but can then step it up to win the title.
“He was brought in to do a job that he and I believe he is capable of, but the fact the he has only recorded double figures once for us this term is a real concern.
“He finished third on Saturday in the European Championship in Gustrow so I am really hoping he can build on that for us.”
SHEFFIELD have solved one half of their reserve problems by snapping up experienced Danish racer Jan Graversen.
The 30-year-old started the season with Somerset in the SGB Premiership before being released as part of a triple switch by the Rebels, but now joins the Owlerton club who recently lost Robert Branford to a shoulder injury.
Promoter Damien Bates said: “Jan had slipped under the radar a little bit but we looked at what he’s done and he’s a decent rider.
“We’ve only got a certain amount of points to play with but to be able to bring in someone like Jan with the experience he’s got is a bit of a bonus for us really.
“That will hopefully benefit the team as a whole and we know he’s a very capable rider on his day. I think it was pretty harsh on him being dropped by Somerset earlier in the season because he’d been riding well and getting some good scores in the league above.”
NEWCASTLE switch to Monday racing for the visit of Workington to Brough Park in the SGB Championship tonight.
The two clubs recently contested a dramatic KO Cup replay and are now both looking to make progress in the league.
The Diamonds go into the meeting in seventh place, one ahead of the Comets – but the visitors have six matches in hand having raced on far fewer occasions than any other club after a succession of rained-off meetings.
KENT and Eastboune will seek to make ground on National Trophy group leaders Mildenhall when they meet at Central Park tonight (Monday).
The Kings are racing at home in the competition for the first time this season, whist the Fen Tigers have notched three points so far from their victory in the reverse fixture.
The hosts again call up Ben Morley to guest for injured No.1 Luke Bowen, whilst ex-Eastbourne rider Connor Coles comes in for Nathan Stoneman, with rider-replacement in operation for Ben Hopwood (SGBC commitment). Jack Thomas takes over as captain.
MONDAY JULY 17:
SGB PREMIERSHIP: Leicester v Swindon 7.30, Wolverhampton v Poole 7.30
SGB CHAMPIONSHIP: Newcastle v Workington 7.30
NATIONAL TROPHY: Kent v Eastbourne 6.30
WEDNESDAY JULY 19:
SGB PREMIERSHIP: King’s Lynn v Rye House 7.30, Poole v Swindon 7.30
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Cradley 7.30, Birmingham v Stoke 7.30
THURSDAY JULY 20:
SGB PREMIERSHIP: Swindon v Rye House 7.30
SGB CHAMPIONSHIP: Ipswich v Newcastle 7.30, Redcar v Peterborough 7.30, Sheffield v Workington 7.30
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Plymouth v Belle Vue 7.15
COBRA’S GARAGE MAHAL BEST PAIRS: Isle of Wight 7pm
FRIDAY JULY 21:
SGB CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS: Somerset 7pm
Results Sunday July 16, 2017
Glasgow 58 – Richie Worrall 13
Berwick 32 – Nick Morris 10
Championship points: Glasgow 3 Berwick 0
Peterborough 51 – Chris Harris 12+1
Redcar 42 – Ben Barker 15+1
Championship points: Peterborough 3 Redcar 0
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE
Mildenhall 54 – Dan Halsey 15
Birmingham 36 – Taylor Hampshire 13
National League points: Mildenhall 3 Birmingham 0