With the Newcastle Diamonds League encounter at Plymouth washed out, North East speedway success in the deep south lay firmly in the hands of Berwick Bandits at Somerset Rebels – but they went down 57-34.
Against one of the toughest teams in the Premier League the Borderers were not expected to put in a solid show, but early on held the Rebels well with the opening two races held to 3-3 draws Sebastian Alden taking second behind Jason Doyle in heat one whilst Nicki Barrett took he two points in heat two behind Charles Wright.
In the third race, Alex Davies took the lead from Matthew Wethers on lap one as he and his Bandits’ partner Robin Aspegren blocked Nick Morris, but soon the diminutive Aussie was back round the Swede and vying for the third placed point in the home 4-2.
Heat four was re-run three times before Josh Grajczonek took control from the gate, joined by Morris who rode a brilliant race to hold out the two Bandits in the home maximum which took Somerset into a 15-9 lead.
Alden won heat five after a brilliant battle with Morris in a Berwick 4-2, closing the gap to 17-13.
Two more home-led 3-3s followed holding the gap at only four points, but that doubled to eight in heat eight.
Davies repeated his wide run round the other three in heat nine’s home 4-2 then in heat 11 Berwick manager John Anderson nominated Alden as a tactical ride for double points, however against the fast-gating Grajczonek and blocked by Wright, it was only a 3-4 result which was followed by two home maximums to seal the win with two races to go.
Newcastle Diamonds welcome Leicester to Brough Park tomorrow at 6.30pm in a Premier League match.
SOMERSET: Jason Doyle 15, Kyle Newman - Rider replacement, Nick Morris 7, Alex Davies, Josh Grajczonek 13+2, Charles Wright 10+3, Brendan Johnson 0, Connor Coles (did not ride)
BERWICK: Sebastian Alden 9, Kozza Smith - Rider replacement, Robin Aspegren 4+1, Matthew Wethers 8+2, David Bellego 6, Nicki Barrett 4+1, Paul Starke 3+1