Having succumbed to some misfortune and a home defeat at the hands of Newcastle Diamonds on Sunday, the Glasgow Tigers made the return trip to Tyneside on Bank Holiday Monday with revenge very much on their mind.
Not many fans will realistically have given the Tigers an earthly of pushing the Diamonds who are amongst the early season league title favourites close on their home circuit, but clearly no one had told team boss Stewart Dickson or his walking wounded riders! Tigers drafted in Berwick reserve Craig Branney as a rider replacement for injured Mitchell Davey who is still suffering the effects of his spectacular heat 2 crash at Ashfield.
In a scintillating backs to the wall performance by the Tigers, they provided seven heat winners out of the first ten heats with former Newcastle rider James Grieves being unbeaten and very much putting his poor Ashfield performance the day before behind him. Travis McGowan and Josh Grajczonek too were in imperious form as the Tigers doggedly developed a 6 point lead with just 3 heats to go.
A rather surprise heat 14 maximum 5-1 for the home side over the unbeaten Grieves then equalised the match score at 42 apiece with just one heat remaining. Tigers boss Dickson elected to send McGowan and Grieves back out to decide the meeting and the Tigers top two rose to the challenge to score their own 5-1 and take the Tigers to a startling 47-43 away win .. the same score as Newcastle had won by the previous day in Glasgow!
This away win grabbed the Tigers an invaluable 3 Premier Trophy points and re-ignites the teams prospects of progressing from the Northern qualifying section.
Tigers scorers at Newcastle: McGowan 13, Grieves 11, Grajczonek 8, Branney 8, Dicken 5, Ksiezak 1, Courtney 1