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Glasgow Tigers
Craig Cook 11 (5)
Edinburgh Monarchs
Sam Masters 18 (6)
Championship
46
44
Sunday 1st May 2022
Peugeot Ashfield Stadium
Glasgow Tigers
Team Manager: Cameron Brown
46
1. Craig Cook 2 3 2 2 2 11 0
2. Danyon Hume 1* 1 3 1* 6 2
3. Ulrich Ostergaard 1 2 0 3 6 0
4. Benjamin Basso 3 1* 1 2 7 1
5. Tom Brennan 1* 3 2 0 0 6 1
6. Broc Nicol 2* 0 0 2 1
7. Connor Bailey 3 2 2* 0 1* 8 2
Edinburgh Monarchs
Team Manager: Alex Harkess
44
1. Sam Masters 3 3 3 3 3 3 18 0
2. Lasse Fredriksen E F 1 1 2 0
3. Paco Castagna 0 1* 0 2 3 1
4. Kye Thomson 2 2 3 3 10 0
5. Josh Pickering 3 2 2* 1 1 9 1
6. Jacob Hook 0 1 0 FD 1* 2 1
7. William Lawson 0 R 0 0 0
Heat 1
Time: 57.28
1. Craig Cook  
2
2. Danyon Hume  
1
1. Sam Masters  
3
2. Lasse Fredriksen  
6. Jacob Hook
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
3
Away
3
3
Heat 2
Time: 57.96
6. Broc Nicol  
2
7. Connor Bailey  
3
6. Jacob Hook  
1
7. William Lawson  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
8
Away
1
4
Heat 3
Time: 58.54
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
1
4. Benjamin Basso  
3
3. Paco Castagna  
0
4. Kye Thomson  
2
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
12
Away
2
6
Heat 4
Time: 58.28
5. Tom Brennan  
1
7. Connor Bailey  
2
5. Josh Pickering  
3
7. William Lawson  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
15
Away
3
9
Heat 5
Time: 58.23
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
2
4. Benjamin Basso  
1
1. Sam Masters  
3
2. Lasse Fredriksen  
F
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
18
Away
3
12
Heat 6
Time: 58.79
1. Craig Cook  
3
2. Danyon Hume  
1
5. Josh Pickering  
2
6. Jacob Hook  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
22
Away
2
14
Heat 7
Time: 58.90
5. Tom Brennan  
3
6. Broc Nicol  
0
3. Paco Castagna  
1
4. Kye Thomson  
2
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
25
Away
3
17
Heat 8
Time: Awd
2. Danyon Hume  
3
7. Connor Bailey  
2
2. Lasse Fredriksen  
1
7. William Lawson  
6. Jacob Hook
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
30
Away
1
18
Heat 9
Time: 58.09
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
0
4. Benjamin Basso  
1
5. Josh Pickering  
2
6. Jacob Hook  T/S
1. Sam Masters
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
1
31
Away
5
23
Heat 10
Time: 58.55
1. Craig Cook  
2
2. Danyon Hume  
1
3. Paco Castagna  
0
4. Kye Thomson  
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
34
Away
3
26
Heat 11
Time: 58.07
5. Tom Brennan  
2
6. Broc Nicol  
0
1. Sam Masters  
3
2. Lasse Fredriksen  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
36
Away
4
30
Heat 12
Time: 59.48
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
3
7. Connor Bailey  
0
3. Paco Castagna  
2
6. Jacob Hook  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
39
Away
3
33
Heat 13
Time: 59.04
1. Craig Cook  
2
5. Tom Brennan  
0
1. Sam Masters  
3
5. Josh Pickering  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
41
Away
4
37
Heat 14
Time: 59.47
4. Benjamin Basso  
2
6. Broc Nicol  
7. Connor Bailey
1
4. Kye Thomson  
3
7. William Lawson  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
44
Away
3
40
Heat 15
Time: 58.50
5. Tom Brennan  
0
1. Craig Cook  
2
1. Sam Masters  
3
5. Josh Pickering  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
46
Away
4
44

The What the Fork Monarchs regained a lot of lost pride at Ashfield this evening, performing far better than they had in the home fixture, and in spite of the absence of James Sarjeant. The final score of 46-44 represents one of their best away displays for a long time.

Leading the way inevitably was Sam Masters, with an exceptional 6-ride paid maximum, but everyone did their bit in a fightback which saw us come from 12 down at heat 8 to force a last heat decider. Both Josh Pickering and Kye Thomson performed like high-class heat leaders and everyone else was pushing for points.

Team manager Alex Harkess said "They did very well, they were very unfortunate early doors. Lasse got excluded in heat 1 for touching the tapes which he never did, even the starting marshal said he didn't touch them. He was brought off in his second so he had no points and he was feeling worse for wear.

"But we picked him up and he got a good point in his last ride. Jacob also did well, and loaned his bike to William for heat 14.

"Once again once we turned the page we were a different team! And we had Sam winning every race, and Josh looking like he was going to win every race. And Kye was winning races as well. We had six of the last seven race winners.

"We just ran out of match. If there had been another couple of races I'm sure we would have won. If we'd had James Sarjeant I'm sure we would have won.

"There are not many teams who will come to Ashfield and score 44 points. But – we were disappointed to only score 44 points! And we had them rattled.

"There was only one race where Sam didn't really make the gate, and he passed them down the back straight. All of our riders made starts at some stage but some of them didn't hold it in the early part of the meeting.

"It makes such a big difference when you have someone winning races. By doing that Sam is dragging the rest of the team along with him. The minute they start to think they are letting the rest of the team down, they try twice as hard."

Monarchs get a point which probably few expected, but more than that, they will surely be able to build confidence from this tremendous display and send a message to the rest of the league that we are still a team to be reckoned with.

We hadn't performed badly over the first half of the match, but a heat 8 5-1 reverse put us 18-30 behind. We made the move to bring Masters in alongside Pickering in heat 9, and cleaned up a 5-1 over Basso and Ostergaard.

Kye Thomson then beat Craig Cook to share heat 10, then Sam took his fourth race win with a fine point for Lasse Fredriksen taking a good point from Nicol. Just six down now.

We shared heat 12 keeping Bailey at the back, then the big guns were out in heat 13. Sam beat Craig Cook to make it five out of five, and Josh took the point to bring us to four behind, a position held by Kye's win in heat 14.

So amazingly after our heavy defeat at home on Friday, we had forced a last heat decider at Ashfield, and we went very close as our top two took another 4-2, Josh just missing out to Cook on second.

We can speculate what the score might have been had James Sarjeant's partner not gone into labour on what was the correct day. Best wishes to them of course, it is more important than a speedway match, but how we wish James had been with us!

The What the Fork Monarchs make the short trip to Ashfield on Sunday looking to make amends after a big defeat at Armadale to the Tigers on Friday night.

The Tigers showed their power and strength throughout with all 7 riders being paid for at least one win and the Monarchs will now know what level of sharpness and determination is required should they be to take anything from this one at a track that looks to be turning into a fortress for the home men even this early in the season.

Like Friday night all 7 Tigers have recorded a minimum of a paid win in each of their two fixtures so far so a big challenge lies ahead.

The What the Fork Monarchs can take encouragement from as recently as last season though where after a Friday night home defeat the result was reversed and the Monarchs were victorious 2 days later.

Of course those were different lineups but that is the attitude that will be required and there is Ashfield pedigree in the Monarchs 1-7, Sam, Josh and Kye were all key in that league victory last year and of course James Sarjeant is a multi year Tiger.

Paco hasn't visited in a couple of years but did record 7+1 from the number 2 slot for Birmingham back in 2019.

Elsewhere for Jacob it will be a bit of a trip into the unknown but the Monarchs other newcomer this year Lasse Fredriksen will be in the beneficial position of having visited previously, our Norwegian very competitive in the GP qualifier there last June.

It's a later than usual 6pm start time so as not to clash with a less hotly contested derby to take place at Parkhead. The only to watch is trackside but for those unable to attend live updates will be available on the Monarchs official website.

LATE NEWS: James Sarjeant will miss this evening's action for the very good reason that his partner is due to have their second child. We send our best wishes and William Lawson comes in to guest.