Report: Scunthorpe Scorpions suffer first-leg cup defeat against Glasgow
Scunthorpe Scorpions were on the end of a narrow first-leg cup defeat when they hosted Glasgow Tigers at the weekend.
Their 46-44 loss at the Eddie Wright Raceway means they now face an uphill climb in the second leg to reach the final of the BSN Series.
Scorpions’ No 1 Ryan Douglas was his usual classy self and dropped his only point to Chris Harris in Heat 1 on his way to 14 points.
Connor Mountain was in great form at reserve and picked up 12 points for Scunthorpe, while skipper Simon Lambert was involved in two 5-1s for the hosts and collected 6+3. The rest of the riders, however, were a little disappointing.
Scorpions could have snatched victory with a 5-1 in the final race. Douglas held off Benjamin Basso for the race win and Lambert briefly passed Harris in the battle for third before the Tiger took the verdict.
Scorpions’ team manager Dave Peet said: “A few of our riders were lacking power tonight and struggling with set-ups, and it cost us.
“There were positives, such as a very good performance from Connor Mountain at No 7. I was very close to giving Connor another ride in Heat 15.
“It’s not over yet, there’s still a second leg and another 15 races at Glasgow next Friday, although that’s now going to be tough.
“More than anything, tonight was a bit of a wake-up for some of the lads, and one they need to respond to, if we’re going to take what we think we can take from this season.”
Scunthorpe are on the road for the next two Fridays – including this week’s second leg against Glasgow – before they next return to action at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday, 2 June, when the club host the Redcar Bears in the Cab Direct Championship.
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