May 23, 2024
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Oxford Cheetahs knock the Glasgow Tigers out of the Championship KOC – Report & Scorecard

Oxford Cheetahs knock the Glasgow Tigers out of the Championship KOC - Report & Scorecard

The Oxford Cheetahs produced a classic comeback in the Cab Direct KO Cup to overturn a 12-point deficit and put Glasgow out of the competition.

The Cheetahs trailed after Friday’s first leg and made little progress in the first half of the return at Cowley before two 5-1s involving Henry Atkins suddenly levelled the tie with five races remaining.

Some classic racing ensured with veterans Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris fighting out a terrific Heat 11 battle, before the home side edged in front overall in the next race – and Nicholls and Sam Masters won it with a 5-1 over Harris and Steve Worrall in the crucial Heat 15.

It gave Oxford a 54-36 win on the night and a six-point aggregate success with Nicholls and Masters both scoring 12+1 for the hosts whilst Harris picked up 11 for the Tigers.

Cheetahs manager Peter Schroeck said: “Despite the 12-point-deficit from the first leg, I always felt we could do it. I retained faith in the boys and that paid off.

“It felt good. Glasgow are big hitters. They are the current league champions and they know how to win silverware. We put in a team performance and within that, several individuals stood up and showed what they’re all about.

“I couldn’t any prouder and I was chuffed for the lads. Jordan (Jenkins) told me he would fix his problems and he did and he rode very well. Cam (Heeps) and Henry also chipped in, and Luke (Killeen) was very impressive from reserve.”

Glasgow boss Cami Brown said: “I wasn’t happy with what we threw away. I had words with some of the riders, some daft riding and some mistakes which shouldn’t happen.

“We were on a 5-1 and ended up a 4-2 against us, and then a comfortable 4-2 that became a 3-3. It’s silly mistakes and we have to eradicate them.

“I’m hugely disappointed about that and I’ve let them know about it. It’s basic mistakes. It’s difficult because they are a good team around their home track.”

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