Bandits hold league leaders to draw

Berwick Bandits 45-45 Somerset Rebels

Tuesday, 6th September 2016, 1:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 1:18 pm
Berwick Bandits Speedway Alex Edberg

Just 48 hours after being put on the market, Berwick achieved a battling and deserved draw against high-flying Somerset.

The Rebels arrived at Shielfield needing just one point to guarantee they finished in top spot in the Premier League, and a 45-45 scoreline and two match points meant it was job done as far as they were concerned.

But Bandits can perhaps count themselves a little unfortunate, as they will point to an unfortunate incident in heat 11 which probably cost them a potential victory.

The Borderers were leading by six points (33-27) at the time, when Thomas Jorgensen and new signing Tom Perry stopped on the first bend after claiming they saw a red light.

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It transpired it was from someone using a camera outside the perimeter fence, meaning Josh Grajczonek and Jake Allen were able to race away virtually unchallenged for a 1-5 which cut the deficit to only two points at 34-32.

Earlier, Perry had produced one of the rides of the night when he went from last to second to join in-form Liam Carr for a 5-1 in heat two, but Somerset were not for lying down and they bounced back with two heat advantages to lead 13-17.

Two 5-1s from the Bandits in nine and ten put them in the driving seat before the heat 11 debacle, and when the Rebels took a 2-4 from heat 12 as well it meant the scores were all square with three races remaining.

A determined Jorgensen inflicted the only defeat of the night on Grajczonek in 13 when he went all the way around the outside, but a win for Paul Starke in the second re-run of heat 14 meant the meeting went to a last heat decider with the teams locked at 42-42.

Grajczonek won 15, but a second and third for Kevin Doolan and Jorgensen meant Berwick became only the third team not to lose to Somerset on their travels this term.

Berwick: Carr 11+2, Jorgensen 10+1, Doolan 10, Wethers 6+2, Pijper 5, Perry 2+1, Gappmaier 1.

Somerset: Grajczonek 14, Wright 8+1, Starke 7+1, Tungate 7+1, Allen 6+1, Greaves 2+1, Wilson Dean 1.