Bandits to roar back against the Lions

AFTER three weeks without a meeting, Berwick will roar back into action this weekend with home and away fixtures against league newcomers Leicester Lions.

The Bandits have not raced since they beat Plymouth at Shielfield on April 30, but they will go back to back with the Midlanders, with Saturday’s meeting at Shielfield followed by the return on Sunday.

On the team front Berwick will be without young Czech Republic rider Hynek Stichauer, who is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder he sustained last month, and Wolverhampton’s American ace Ricky Wells will cover as a guest. Also missing will be Josef Franc, who is riding in the Czech Republic and rider replacement will operate.

Meanwhile, in a unique promotional exercise, Berwick are this weekend offering free admission to anyone with the surname ‘Smith’, or derivatives such as ‘Smyth’ or ‘Smythe’.

This is to coincide with the ‘International Day of the Smiths’ which falls on Saturday (May 21).

“Smith is the commonest name in the English-speaking world – according to the national census, there are over half a million people called Smith living in the United Kingdom,” said club spokesman Dick Barrie.

“Now we know we’ve got the exciting one – what Kozza gets up to when he’s racing out on that track is amazing – but we want to honour this proud Anglo-Saxon name by inviting every Smith in the land to Shielfield Park on Saturday to meet their cousin Kozza and enjoy the racing!

“We don’t expect all of them to come along of course, but we do offer absolutely free admission that evening to anyone called Smith (or Smyth, or Smythe) who can prove themselves by bringing their passport, driving licence, bus-pass or other valid photographic evidence.”

* Berwick skipper Lee Complin has been added to King’s Lynn’s roster of riders for the remainder of the 2011 Elite League season.