Double-header victory as Bandits end on high

Berwick Speedway brought the curtain down on their home season with a double-header victory over old rivals Edinburgh and Glasgow at Shielfield Park on Saturday.

Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 16:15 pm
Updated Monday, 9th September 2019, 08:58 am
Jye Etheridge on his way to his paid maximum against Edinburgh.

The Bandits beat the Monarchs 60-30 and followed it up with a 48-41 win over the Tigers.

It may ultimately not be enough to see the Borderers qualify for the end-of-season play-offs (it lifted them up to fifth as the table stood on Saturday) but at least it meant the club finished their home campaign on a high.

They now have two away meetings remaining (at Birmingham last night - Wednesday - and at Glasgow - to be arranged).

Against Edinburgh, Jye Etheridge, once labelled ‘the worst Monarchs’ rider ever,’ emerged the star of the show with a 14 paid 15 maximum.

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Sam Masters and Ricky Wells each won two races for the capital side, and Josh Pickering one, but Bandits were solid throughout with all seven rider winning or paid for winning races, including Ben Barker, who was used as a guest.

Berwick: Etheridge 14+1 (p/max), Gappmaier 10+1, Flint 9+1, Garcia 8+3, Doolan 8+1, Jonasson 6+2, Barker 5+1.

Edinburgh: Masters 12, Wells 7, Pickering 5, Heeps 4, Lawson 1, Sarjeant 1, Coles 0.

In the second meeting Berwick were expecting a much tougher encounter against the Tigers, who were chasing a play-off spot.

And so it proved, with Glasgow providing nine of the 15 race winners and for most of the meeting the found themselves in close contention.

As usual, Craig Cook was the pick of the bunch for the visitors. He won four races, but was beaten by Etheridge in heat 11.

Etheridge looked as if he was on his way to a second win over the GB rider in heat 15, but the Tigers’ number one made a dive up the inside of the first bend on lap two, leaving the Aussie biting the dust.

Berwick had made sure of the match victory in heat 14 when a 5-1 from skipper Kevin Doolan and Coty Garcia took them past the winning post.

Berwick: Gappmaier 11+1, Garcia 10+3, Etheridge 9+1, Barker 6+2, Doolan 6+1, Jonasson 5, Flint 1.

Glasgow: Cook 14, Vissing 12, R Jensen 8+1, Buckley 4, S Jensen 2+1, Andersen 1, Bailey 0.