Doolan dominant as Bandits hammer Lakeside in the league
Berwick Bandits 49-41 Lakeside Hammers
Berwick won their opening home league meeting of the season on Saturday, but they were pushed hard by Lakeside, who had drafted in Chris Harris as a guest for Richard Lawson.
Another guest, Ulrich Ostergaard, took a nasty fall in his opening ride, when he crashed on the home straight in heat three, and his withdrawal from the meeting definitely put the Hammers at a disadvantage.
Bandits, however, with skipper Kevin Doolan again in superb form, always had the edge throughout, despite the fact that last season’s top rider, Nick Morris, made his first return to Shielfield and a tactical win alongside Harris in heat nine, followed by another 1-5 in 11, meant the scoreline remained tight at 35-31 with four races remaining.
The Bandits put their gating nightmare against Newcastle a week earlier behind them, none more so than Doolan, who was unbeaten in his first four rides from the difficult number two position.
Wins by Morris, Harris, Kyle Newman and Ben Morley kept the Bandits on their toes, however, and they were thankful to a great heat 13 win by Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen over the chasing Harris which maintained the four point gap.
Heat 14 proved to be a disaster for the visitors though. First of all Alfie Bowtell fell and was excluded. In the re-run Newman moved at the start and was disqualified after receiving a warning in the original running of the race.
He set to go off 15m, was told he couldn’t by referee Stuart Wilson, but after further discussion was finally allowed to go off a handicap.
David Howe and Jye Etheridge took the 5-1 from the gate and at 46-38 Berwick were in an unassailable position.
In 15 Doolan went for his paid maximum, but he suffered his only defeat of the night, beaten by fellow countryman Morris as the Bandits got their league season off to a winning start.
Berwick: Doolan 13+1, Jakobsen 9+2, Howe 7, Gappmaier 6+1, Etheridge 5+2, Summers 5, Lindman 4+1.
Lakeside: Morris 13+1, Harros 9+1, Morley 8+1, Newman 7, Wajtknecht 3+1, Bowtell 1, Ostergaard 0.
Edinburgh Monarchs 51
Berwick Bandits 39
Berwick went down by 12-points at Edinburgh in the Championship Shield on Friday after putting up a spirited display.
With Kevin Doolan top scoring on 13+3, including a tactical victory, Bandits were only two points down (34-32) after heat 11, but the Monarchs pulled away over the remaining races with Ricky Wells storming to a full 15-point maximum.
A set-back for Berwick was the loss of Jye Etheridge who had to withdraw from the meeting after a crash in his first race.
Edinburgh - Wells 15 (max), Pickering 11+1, Riss 10+1, Jorgensen (guest) 6+1, Williamson 5+1, Andersson 3+1, Rumi 1.
Berwick - Doolan 13+3, Summers 9, Jakobsen 7, Howe 6, Gappmaier 4+1, Etheridge 0 (withdrawn), Lindman 0.