One Capital sporting side managed to win in Glasgow yesterday . . . and what a win it was, as Edinburgh Monarchs crushed Glasgow Tigers 61-32 at Ashfield to complete the northern qualifying section of the speedway League Cup unbeaten. It was Monarchs biggest away victory over their oldest rivals ever and the result is bound to spark some blood-letting in the Tigers team, who were still in shock after being overwhelmed 65-27 by Workington Comets in a Premier League encounter 24 hours earler.
Monarchs co-boss Alex Harkess today said: “It was a pretty emphatic right from the first heat. We were dominant and everybody in our team was a success and when all seven of your riders perform, then anything can happen. It went well for us.”
The chasm in class between both outfits was evident before yesterday’s encounter and Harkess said: “How good or bad Glasgow were, we were up for it. I always felt we were capable of winning, but not by the margin we achieved. We did not plan for that.”
However, Monarchs’ success came at a heavy price after reserve Mitchell Davey broke his wrist when he was unfortunately felled by Tigers youngster Joey Ringwood, who clattered into the fourth-bend safety fence in heat nine.
Ringwood’s machine careered across the track and knocked Davey off his bike, sending him high into the air. It is a cruel blow for Davey, who scored five points, including victory in heat two.
He has been a Monarchs rider for barely a week and is expected to be out of action until the end of June.
Monarchs director Mike Hunter said: “It’s so desperately unlucky because he has scored decent points for us. We can use National League guests to cover his absence and will be looking around to see who is available.”
Davey commented: “I want to get back as quickly as I can and I’ve got an appointment at the clinic on Wednesday. I’m a bit gutted, to be honest, because it wasn’t my fault.”
Monarchs got off to a fantastic start, snatching maximum 5-1 advantages in the first three races and this basically set the tone for the rest of the match. The Tigers had no answer to Monarchs relentless superiority and had succumbed long before the final race.
The result certainly augurs well for Monarchs’ league visit later in the season, Harkess adding: “We know everyone can ride Ashfield so it holds no fears for us.”
Tigers team manager Sean Courtney apologised to the home fans for the defeat and promised changes, something Monarchs were certainly not planning until Davey’s mishap.
Tigers: Screen 14, Grieves 7, Wright 3, Horwood 3, Bager 3, Ringwood 2, Jacobs 0.
Monarchs: Cook 13, Pijper 10, Sneddon 10, Tabaka 10, Fricke 7, Vissing 6, Davey 5.