No repeat performance at Armadale

Edinburgh Monarchs 50-40 Berwick Bandits

Monday, 4th July 2016, 09:32 am
Updated Monday, 4th July 2016, 10:36 am
Berwick Bandits Speedway Alex Edberg

Berwick returned empty handed from their trip to Edinburgh on Friday night when they went down to a ten point defeat in the Premier League.

Bearing in mind some of their previous results at Armadale, that might have been seen by some as a decent result.

But after the Bandits won at the West Lothian track in the League Cup earlier in the season, to leave with nothing was a disappointment for manager Scott Courtney and his riders.

But in reality they cannot have too many complaints, for they produced only four race winners, compared to the Monarchs’ 11.

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Thomas Jorgensen won two of his starts, with Theo Pijper and guest Simon Nielsen also taking the chequered flag for the visitors.

Edinburgh, meanwhile, saw Sam Masters lead by example, dropping only one point from five outings, whilst Ryan Fisher was unbeaten in his first four.

Kevin Wolbert had two wins, whilst Dan Bewley, and Mark and Erik Riss all picked up one win apiece.

Berwick got off to a poor start, losing a 5-1 in the opening race, and with the home side taking a 4-2 from heat two it meant the Borderers were on the back foot from the off.

Bandits had to wait until heat four, courtesy of Jorgensen, for their first win, but in heats six and seven they reduced the deficit to only two points at 22-20 with a 4-2 and 5-1, thanks to Jorgensen and Nielsen, and former Monarchs Pijper and Matty Wethers.

Edinburgh hit back and re-established their eight point lead at 31-23 with two heat advantages of their own, and this was followed by two drawn heats before Nielsen and Pijper took a 4-2 which saw the Bandits only six adrift at 39-33 with three races remaining.

However, Wolbert and Masters took a 5-1 in 13 which guaranteed the Monarchs victory, and when Fisher and Masters won in 14 and 15 it meant even the losing bonus point was denied the visitors.