Bandits draw home and away against Comets
Berwick and Workington could not be separated when they met over two meetings in two nights at the weekend.
Both ended in 45-45 draws, but there was a feeling that on each occasion Berwick had let victory slip from their grasp.
At Derwent Park on Friday the Bandits, inspired by in-form Dany Gappmaier, led by eight points, (20-28), but they allowed the Comets to hit back late in the meeting for a share of the spoils.
Then, at Shielfield on Saturday, after a slow start, they recovered to lead by six points, (33-27), only for two exclusions to cost them dearly. On each occasion Workington took advantages from the re-runs to level the meeting up, and with Ty Proctor, who won his last three races, taking the chequered flag in 13 and 15, the teams were again unable to be separated at the end of the night.
Team manager Scott Courtney said afterwards: “Well, what can I say. Two meetings, two draws. Some might say it was the fairest result, but it also means we were that close to two wins.
“Eight points up at Workington, maybe we should have closed the meeting out. On Saturday Nikolaj (Busk Jakobsen) and Jye (Etheridge) were, shall we say, unfortunate with their exclusions, but that’s all part of speedway.
“Two last heat deciders also meant the fans went home happy.
“The good thing from our point of view is that Dany (Gappmaier) really stepped up to the plate after moving up into the main body of the team. He scored paid 26 points over the two nights, 13 in each meeting, and we can’t ask any more than that.
“At the start of the season we were being written off by a lot of critics who said we weren’t strong enough, our results so far show that we are more than holding our own ... and I think there is still more improvement to come.
“It’s back to the league next week with Ipswich visiting - that’s one we really would like to win.”
Skipper Kevin Doolan said: “They were two meetings we might have won, they were two meetings we could have lost, but we drew them both.
“We will take the positives from them, particularly Dany’s form. But the thing is, I still think we can improve as a team. We are not firing on all cylinders, we are getting there, but I think just a week or two more and we will be there.
Workington - Klindt 18, Proctor 11+1, Jensen 6+1, Bewley 5, Wilson-Dean 4+1, Bickley 1, Bach (rider rep).
Berwick - Gappmaier 13, Summers 8+1, Doolan 8+1, Etheridge 7+1, Jakobsen 5, Howe 2+1, Lindman 2+1.
Berwick - Gappmaier 12+1, Summers 8+1, Etheridge 8+1, Howe 6+3, Doolan 6+1, Jakobsen 3, Lindman 2+1.
Workington - Proctor 13+1, Jensen 8+2, Morris 8, Bewley 8, Bach 7, Bickley 0, Klindt (rider rep).