Bandits blast the Rockets in finale
Berwick Bandits 56-37 Rye House Rockets
Berwick brought the curtain down on their season with a comprehensive victory over Rye House at Shielfield.
And in true tradition, they kept the best til last, with the meeting producing some of the best racing seen at at the border track this year.
Stuart Robson, Edward Kennett and Thomas Jorgensen all had fans on the edge of their seats with some high speed action and passing, but more than any it was new boy Tom Perry who caught the eye, coming from the back in three of his races, including one where he passed both Rockets.
Rob Branford was unbeaten in his first three outings, and this meant Rye kept the scoreline close in the early stages, Bandits only managing to eke out a two point lead at 19-17 after six heats.
Perry, in only his second meeting, had passed Ben Morley in heat two, whilst Robson and Jorgensen had a real battle on the first lap of heat four.
It was Perry who helped Berwick get the breakthrough in heat seven, when he overhauled Leigh Lanham for a 5-1 with Jorgensen, and with Dany Gappmaier and Liam Carr repeating the dose in eight Bandits were suddenly ten in front at 29-19.
Robson, as a double pointed tactical, won in nine for a 1-8 with Branford and at 30-27 the meeting was still in the balance.
But Berwick, still smarting from their KO Cup defeat at the hands of the Rockets, were determined to finish with a flourish and a run of four 5-1s in the next five races took them past the winning post. The pick of the bunch was Perry’s battle from the back in 14 when he passed both Lanham and Branford, deservedly earning him the ‘Rider of the Night’ award.
Robson got the better of Jorgensen in 15 to conclude events for 2016, but whilst the majority of fans left satisfied with the performance and the result, most thoughts were on the future and whether or not the Bandits will go to the tapes for their 50th season in 2017.
Berwick: Jorgensen 13, Dolan 9+2, Carr 8+1, Pijper 7+2, Wethers 7+1, Perry 6+4, Gappmaier 6.
Rye House: Robson 14+1, Branford 9+1, Kennett 8, Lanham 3, Lykke 2+1, Heeps 1, Morley 0.