Middleditch: 'You can see a tear in Dan’s eye as he signs the pay cheques!'

Ben Cook has recorded back-to-back paid maximums for Pirates (Picture: Richard Crease)
Ben Cook has recorded back-to-back paid maximums for Pirates (Picture: Richard Crease)

TEAM boss Neil Middleditch believes promoter Danny Ford would have a tear in his eye signing off Pirates’ wages this month, after they continued piling on the points at Wimborne Road.

Wednesday’s 60-30 victory over Glasgow in their SGB Championship play-off semi-final first leg meant the Dorset club have accumulated 180 points from their past three meetings.

Throughout September, Poole also beat Leicester Lions and Plymouth Gladiators at home by the same result.

Middleditch said: “We have scored 180 points in three (home) meetings. You can see a tear in Dan’s eye as he signs the pay cheques!”

Poole are still on for a treble of trophies this season, having reached the final of the Knockout Cup, Jubilee League and now put themselves in a strong position heading into the second leg of Saturday’s semi-final at Glasgow (3pm).

“On the track walk I said I wanted a minimum of 10 (points). I couldn’t have foreseen 30 – it was just amazing,” added Middleditch, assessing Wednesday’s win.

“I said to the boys ‘for the first few heats, hit them hard’. Cookie (Craig Cook) can be so good round here. Tom Brennan is a great little rider and Benjamin (Basso) has a point to prove.

“But they just had no answer to the Pirates.

“When we hit them hard and had a patch of 5-1s in the middle, they just dropped, they had no answer for us at all.”