Bandits aim for win over Bears to possibly extend season

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Berwick are preparing to host what is potentially their last home meeting of the season this weekend.

The Bandits are due to take on Redcar in their final home Premier Challenge Trophy clash.

But they still have to face Glasgow (away) in a re-arranged fixture, and depending on the outcome there it will determine whether or not there will be any further action at the Border track this year.

“It’s all been a bit stop and start over the past few weeks,” admitted manager Ian Rae, “and that’s far from ideal for everyone, including the club, the riders and the fans.

“Unfortunately, it’s just the way it is sometimes at the end of the season.

“Clubs are trying to fit in fixtures here and there and of course it’s never easy.”

After a big home win over Glasgow Rae says it is vital Berwick take all three points from their final home fixture against the Bears.

“The points difference might come into play,” he said, “so the more points we can rack up in our last two meetings the better our chances of qualifying for the final will be.

“In an ideal world we would have liked to race the meetings one after the other, on their original dates. But of course the weather intervened, and now we will have to wait until we go to Glasgow next weekend before we find out what is actually happening.”

Earlier this week Rae was trying to line up a guest replacement for Ricky Ashworth for the meeting against Redcar, and it will come as no surprise to everyone that Nick Morris was the man top of his list.

Morris has already made a string of late season appearances for the club, but his availability this weekend will depend on Scunthorpe’s own fixture list.

Berwick also have a re-arranged league fixture to fit in, and they are due to travel over to Cumbria to take on Workington on either Saturday, October 27 or Sunday, October 28, depending on whether or not they qualify for the Challenge Trophy Final.