Report by Neil Magee
Sunday 9th August
Northern League Division 2
Glasgow arrived with a full compliment of 8 riders, though their two reserves certainly had contrasting fortunes. While Chloe Lamb battled round only to be taken ill after opening ride, Chic Mackie left unbeaten having come out in heat 7 to team ride around with Joe Beuckmann for a great win for his team. Chic's effort was probably the highlight for Glasgow on the day, Northumbria certainly having the better of it otherwise, Dan Redshaw cruising to a 20 point max and Shane Gray also unbeaten. Dean Douglas proved a useful and willing reserve also for the Vikings, while it was certainly nice to see veteran Ashie Patterson on the comeback trail and taking three fine rides in back up.
NORTHUMBRIA: Dan Redshaw 20, Shane Gray 16, Dean Douglas 15+2, Andy Knowles 11+4, Ashie Patterson 9+1, Keith Oldham 9+1, Liam Robinson 6+1, Lee Redshaw 3+1
GLASGOW: Andy McDougal 15, Joe Beuckmann 11, Brandon Kay 10, Colin Gray 8+1, Jim Alexander 6+1, Brian Sibbald 4, Chic Mackie 4, Chloe Lamb 1
Northern League Division 3
With Glasgow having no Div 3 riders, Lee Redshaw was left to ride out taking four heat wins, Lewis Petre getting faster these days as he chased hard with four seconds. Both also looked competitive in the challenge races which followed and showed their potential.
NORTHUMBRIA: Lee Redshaw 16, Lewis Petre 12
What a return to racing from our absent friend Ashie Patterson today! So great to see him at Crammy again and after such a long 18 month layoff he did brilliantly to finish his rides, let alone collect a whole heap of points! I must also thank Ash for painting the starting grid and inside line on Friday while we lazy beggars were at Leicester enjoying the sunshine!
With a later than usual start time Glasgow were here in time to race at the normal 2:00 pm but we weren't! With Neil returning late from a trip to Liverpool, acting Team Manager Andy Knowles picked his team for today before neil took over the tactical changes after the start. Thanks once again to our own early arrival Michael Parr who had half the track swept by the time I arrived and also had the hosepipe out to spruce up the surface and keep the dust down. I must say the track was fantastic for this match, helped largely by steady watering throughout and both Mick and I were desperate to ride it! Mick also refereed his first NL match, punishment for recent "criticism" of another ref!!! Thanks also to Jason Keith who again was at the track pretty early to help out with a couple of folk still away watching World Finals in the Midlands. And the injured Daniel Wharrier played his part in looking after Chloe until Sporting Club first aiders arrived to help out. That's twice we've had to call in an ambulance to the AstroDrome, hope we never need to again.