Glasgow v Poole Play Off Semi Final

25/09/22

The Pirates bid for a place in the SGB Championship play-off finals resumes again on Sunday (September 25th) when the Dorset side make the long trek to Glasgow for the first leg of the semi-final, with the tie due to be concluded next Wednesday (28th) at Wimborne Road.

Although comfortably disposing of a severely depleted Plymouth side in the quarter finals the Pirates are under no illusions that the battle against the Tigers will be a wholly different matter, but they head to Scotland with the philosophy that every meeting now needs to be treated as a final.

Promoter Dan Ford said, "In our last few matches we have been flexing our muscles and have sent out a clear message that we are gunning for the treble, but to be able to achieve that we can ill afford any slip-ups. I doubt that Glasgow would have been that surprised that we sent Plymouth packing in the play-offs, but our knockout cup performance against Leicester on Wednesday will have raised a few eyebrows I am sure, but results like that are just as likely to fire your next opponents up than to inspire ourselves. 
"So there can be no doubt that we are facing a tough battle on Sunday, but we will go there in the belief that we can win, but if we don't then so long as we keep the scores close we should be in a good position to keep those treble dreams alive."

The Pirates will be confronted by two riders who claimed rostrum spaces in the British Final, Tom Brennan claiming the runners-up spot ahead of Craig Cook, both nipping Poole skipper Danny King at the back in the Belle Vue-staged meeting last Sunday. The two sides met last year in the play-off final itself, the Pirates going down by ten points on that occasion before turning the Tigers over by eighteen points at Wimborne Road. In the Poole side then were Danyon Hume and Ben Basso, both of whom were snapped up by the Scottish side over the winter, although Hume will miss this affair due to injury. Four other riders - Danny King, Steve Worrall and the Cook brothers - from the play-off Poole side of 2021 will be returning to Scotland this weekend.

The Tigers haven't ridden at home since August 5th where they remain unbeaten since May 2021, the Pirates having coming closest to spoiling that record when they drew there in the league back in May this year. Glasgow were at full strength on that occasion but as well as the loss of Hume they will also be without the influential Ulrich Ostergaard. To cover for the absentees they have called upon former Pirate and ex-Tiger Paul Starke as a guest for Hume whilst rider replacement will be in operation for Ostergaard.


Glasgow 'Allied Vehicles' Tigers: 1  Ben Basso; 2 Rider Replacement for Ulrich Ostergaard; 3 Craig Cook; 4 Broc Nicol; 5 Tom Brennan (Capt); 6 Paul Starke (Guest); 7 Connor Bailey - Team Manager - Cameron Brown

Poole Pirates: 1 Danny King (Capt); 2 Ben Cook; 3 Steve Worrall; 4 Drew Kemp; 5 Richard Lawson; 6 Zach Cook; 7 Nathan Ablitt 2.00 - Team Manager -  Gary Havelock

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