Resilient Berwick Bandits bounce back to tame the Glasgow Tigers

Berwick put the disappointment of Friday’s defeat at Edinburgh Monarchs behind them with a determined display against Glasgow Tigers

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Berwick Bandits 53 Glasgow Tigers 42

Berwick put the disappointment of Friday’s defeat at Edinburgh Monarchs behind them with a determined display against Glasgow Tigers.

Heat one saw David Bellego and Joe Screen battling up front for the lead, the Tiger taking the three points in a visitors’ 2-4. Guest reserve man Adam Ellis, in for the injured Nicki Barrett, took heat two as if he’d ridden Berwick for years, but with Paul Starke at the rear the 3-3 made no difference to the deficit.

A rolling start for Henning Bager gave him the impetus to roar round Matthew Wethers, but the Bandit powered back and soared round the Glasgow man. However, at the back Robin Aspegren slid off with another 3-3 going into the book, taking the score to 8-10.

Following another 3-3 in the fourth, Aspegren and Wethers made a blistering gate over Screen and the comeback kid Andre Compton, who failed to get back on terms with the Bandits who hit home a solid 5-1 to go into the lead 16-14. Bellego powered round James Grieves with Ashworth finding his feet once more to force his way under Joey Ringwood off bend four to take a Bandits ‘ 4-2 and increase their lead to four points.

Ellis again stunned the crowd by taking the win in heat seven with ease over Smith in the fastest time of the night as part of a home 5-1, before the shared 3-3s returned in heat eight (28-20). Wethers took second place in heat nine’s 5-1 despite losing his steel shoe on the second lap which allowed Bager to come out in the 10th as a tactical rider for double points, and after again moving at the gate, taking a brief lead before Bellego took a brave lunge round the outside off bend two through a non-existent gap to restrict the heat score to a 4-4 (37-25).

Screen came out as a second tactical in heat 11 and took an early lead with Smith on his tail and, despite a fine effort behind by the Berwick skipper, the six points belonged to the Tigers in the 3-6 result. Ashworth shot dramatically round Screen in heat 13 off bend two as Smith weaved his way between both to join Ashworth up front. But coming off the fourth bend of the third lap Ashworth seemed to lose power and he slid at speed into the fence, with the referee awarding the race a 3-3 after Ashworth’s exclusion, but the match had been won by Berwick with two races remaining.

Team manager Ian Rae said: “Again the lads, after a sluggish start, really started to bang the points in and took Glasgow for everything they could. It was a good determined performance.”

Newcastle Diamonds’ home Premier League clash with Edinburgh Monarchs was postponed yesterday due to heavy rain. The fixture has yet to be rescheduled.

Berwick: Ricky Ashworth 2, David Bellego 11, Robin Aspegren 8+1, Matthew Wethers 14+1, Kozza Smith (captain) 10+1, Adam Ellis (guest) 8, Paul Starke 0.

Glasgow: Joe Screen (captain) 13+1, Andre Compton 3, Henning Bager 11, Anders Thomsen 3+1, James Grieves 5+2, Joey Ringwood 3+1, Joe Jacobs 4+2.

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