-Reverse Shield Polarity in reserve when they try to alpha strike you
-full reverse on your engines, then use evasive maneuvers to back right over them
-to add insult to injury, fart in their face. Eject Warp Plasma, more specifically, or use a tractor beam.
-And if they try to turn on a dime to get close to you... full forward to engines and run over them again (preferably when they've turned 3/4's for the way around to meet you)
pretty close to this full reverse + eveasive + vent warp plasma will catch 99.9% of them
I have experience in both piloting a cruiser and an escort. Enough to know that even if your flying a tank, if your teammates(PUG or no) don't start firing on that escort with you, your in a rut, because the damage alone that you would be doing will not be enough to make him run off.
I fly an oddie tank(I'd like to believe not many of those line the streets) My ship is full on support, so my damage is probably far lower then what you would find in a different cruiser(oddie or no). Single escort or two I could tank them till the cows came home, and then some. But in order for me to do anything, I would need to get them in my broadside, which would mean I'm reversing *down* with evasive active to both get out of their firing arc, and have them in both of my arcs. Beams fire up, Cannons don't fire down.