Berwick Bandits 42-48 Edinburgh Monarchs

Edinburgh avenged their shock League Cup defeat at Armadale eight days earlier when they turned the tables in the return at Shielfield Park on Saturday.

Sunday, 17th April 2016, 10:10 am
Updated Sunday, 17th April 2016, 10:14 am
Berwick Bandits Speedway Alex Edberg

On a night when conditions were not conducive to good racing - two heavy downpours in the hours leading up to the meeting left the track heavy - it was the Monarchs who were quicker from the gate.

And on a surface which effectively made for gate and go, it meant the visitors always loked to have the upper hand.

Berwick were not helped by two engine failures for number one Thomas Jorgensen in his opening two rides, and with Sam Masters, Kevin Wolbert and Ryan Fisher all dominant in their opening rides, it meant Edinburgh produced no fewer than eight of the first nine across the finish line.

Matty Wethers was the exception in heat two, when young Dan Bewley picked up his first senior points for the Monarchs by finishing second.

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A 5-1 from Jorgensen and Theo Pijper got Bandits back on level terms at 30-30 after heat 10, but Edinburgh were always likely to outscore their hosts during the run-in, and with Erik Riss winning his last two races, so it proved, with three heat advantages over the final five races to take the spoils 42-48.

Pijper and Wethers gave Berwick some hope with a 5-1 in 14 to get themselves back to within four at 40-44, but Fisher produced a fine pass on Kevin Doolan in 15 to complete his second paid maximum in as many weeks at the Border track, whilst Masters dropped his only point of the meeting in the final race, finishing third behind Doolan.

Berwick: Pijper 12+2, Doolan 8, Wethers 7+3, Carr 6+3, Alden 5, Jorgensen 4, Mellgren rider replacement.

Edinburgh: Fisher 14+1 (paid max), Masters 12+1, Wolbert 10, Riss 8, Bewley 2, Clegg 1, Etheridge 1.