Berwick Bandits push Edinburgh Monarchs all the way
Berwick Speedway made Edinburgh Monarchs work for their win in the SGB Championship.
The Bandits put in a battling performance at Edinburgh’s Armadale Stadium, but fell to a 52-38 defeat.
Berwick held it tight early on as Coty Garcia won Heat Two, before Aaron Summers took Heat Five from the gate, despite a hard challenge from Ricky Wells throughout in a Bandits 2-4 to move the match score onto 16-14.
Heat Six was won by Sam Masters well over Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, but he had to work hard to keep William Lawson at bay in third place in a 4-2 score, extending the gap to four points.
Cameron Heeps' huge win over Kevin Doolan in the seventh after the Berwick skipper made a couple of unforced errors ahead of his partner Dany Gappmaier in a shared 3-3, left the score at 23-19.
Jye Etheridge took the three points over Lawson in a fine Heat Eight, which went 2-4 to the Bandits, with Garcia taking the third place point to bring the Bandits within two points again of the home sides.
But Wells and Josh Pickering took control in Heat Nine with a fine 5-1, Pickering passing Busk Jakobsen mid-race, putting Edinburgh 30-24 ahead.
Three shared 3-3s followed holding the six point gap, but a Heat 13 blast from Heeps and Masters over Busk Jakobsen and Summers helped to hammer home a Monarchs' maximum to end the Bandits' challenge with the score set at 44-34 with only two races to run.
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The match eventually ended 52-38.
Gasy Flint, Berwick's manager said: "We gave these Monarchs a good run for their money at a track renowned as not our favourite, but to hold them close for as long was good going."
Edinburgh: Masters 13+1, Lawson 4, Pickering 6+1, Wells 10, Heeps 13+1, Marson 1+1, Coles 5
Berwick: Summers 12, Etheridge 5+1, Doolan 7+1, Gappmaier 2+1, Busk Jakobsen 6, Garcia 6+2, Flint 0
Berwick Bandits, powered by Clear Energy Consulting, are at home at Shielfield Park, Tweedmouth, on Saturday.
The match against Redcar Bears starts at 7pm.