PATCHED-UP Berwick Bandits made it two wins out of two at the weekend with a hard-fought victory in Glasgow.
Berwick were without the injured Nicki Barrett and Kozza Smith as well as number one Edward Kennett who was racing in a rescheduled Grand Prix qualification event.
Liam Carr joined Paul Starke at reserve with the rider-replacement rule covering Smith’s outings with Richard Lawson of Workington guesting at the head of the team.
However, it was Frenchman David Bellego who shone first by taking a superb gate in heat one to win well and, with Lawson taking third behind Joe Screen, the visitors took an early 4-2 lead.
Stake battled hard with Joe Jacobs in heat two and the pair crossed the finish line apparently together.
However, the referee said Jacobs had the win by a tyre’s width in a home 4-2, levelling the match.
Andre Compton made his Tigers’ debut and raced a good solid four laps in pressing Matthew Wethers all the way.
The Bandit, though, held third despite the pressure and, with Robin Aspegren well up in front, Berwick regained their two-point lead.
Wins for Lawson and Compton in the following two shared races meant going into heat six Berwick were still holding he advantage.
However, Screen gated hard to lead with Jonas Raun in second until Bellego shot round the Dane off bend two to split the home pair in a 4-2 which again brought the teams together at 18-18.
Two more 3-3s splits came in heats seven and eight won by James Grieves and Bellego respectively.
Following a fall for Liam Carr on the opening bend of heat nine, forcing a re-run with all four riders, Wethers made the gate and held the lead to the end for three points in yet another shared 3-3 as the deadlock continued 27-27
The equilibrium continued with Screen taking heat 10.
Bellego was too keen for the off in heat 11 as he shot through the tapes to be penalised 15 metres in the restart.
In the re-run, Lawson took the early lead and extended a straight’s length out front with Grieves team riding with Joey Ringwood to preserve the young Aussie’s second place.
However, on the third bend of lap four Ringwood lost control and sent himself into the fence for an exclusion – gifting the Bandits an awarded 2-4 and putting Berwick back into a 32-34 lead.
Apegren’s heat 12 win brought the 3-3s back, but with Lawson making a great gate in heat 13 Grieves hit the drive and powered round him coming off bend two to score a home 4-2.
With heat 14 shared, the match went into the final race all square at 42-42.
Bellego’s three points and Lawson’s vital one gave Berwick a 46-44 victory.
:: NEWCASTLE Diamonds were due to host Plymouth in the Premier League last night, but the fixture was called off mid-morning with the Brough Park track waterlogged.
GLASGOW TIGERS: Joe Screen (captain) 11, Jonas Raun 2+1, Henning Bager 6, Andre Compton 6+1, James Grieves 10, Joey Ringwood 1, Joe Jacobs 8+3.
BERWICK BANDITS: Richard Lawson (guest) 12, David Bellego 13+1, Robin Aspegren 9+1, Matthew Wethers (captain) 10+1, Kozza Smith - Rider replacement, Liam Carr 0, Paul Starke 2