Rebels in good form for their northern tour

PUBLISHED: 11:26 31 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010

Somerset's Glenn Cunningham leads Glasgow's Kauko Nieminen.

Somerset's Glenn Cunningham leads Glasgow's Kauko Nieminen.

WHAT, on paper, looked a potentially difficult match for the Somerset Mike Manning Audio Rebels turned out to be anything but as the Rebels tore apart what was, quite frankly, a poor Glasgow outfit

WHAT, on paper, looked a potentially difficult match for the Somerset Mike Manning Audio Rebels turned out to be anything but as the Rebels tore apart what was, quite frankly, a poor Glasgow outfit.Only Finn Kauko Nieminen put up any sort of resistance as Somerset scored points at will, Zetterstrom and Cunningham both recording paid maximums.The home side were superior in every department, and if they had not secured positions on the first turn, they had the greater speed and determination to pass the opposition, this shown to good effect in Heat 8 when Glen Phillips swept round the outside of the field on the first turn to move from last to first, and Cunningham's swoop around the outside of a disappointing Danny Bird in Heat 13 to snatch second place on the line.The meeting was effectively over by the halfway stage with Glasgow 14 points in arrears, their only heat victory coming in Heat 7 courtesy of Nieminen's second place while on a tactical ride, whereas the Rebels had secured three maximum 5-1 heat advantages in the first six races.With the match beyond them, all the Tigers had to fight for was the bonus point, but despite a second tactical ride heat advantage in Heat 11, even this was a lost cause as the home riders kept piling on the points. With Bird and Parker so ineffective, the Tigers had little to counter the Rebels; although a late burst by Lee Dicken by way of a heat victory in Heat 12 saw him deservedly take his place in the nominated final Heat 15, where the Rebels emphasised the difference in class between the sides in recording their fifth maximum heat win of the night, Zetterstrom and Kramer giving a classic display of team riding.Zetterstrom and Cunningham looked particularly impressive for the home side, Cunningham recording his first maximum of the season, but there were also top class performances by Glen Phillips and Emil Kramer, who has only dropped points came at the hands of Nieminen, the Finn being all that stood between the Rebels and a completed rout.

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