Bandits back on track

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After a near two-week break Berwick return to action with two meetings in the space of three nights.

Tonight (Thursday) the Bandits will be at Sheffield in the Premier League, with Ipswich the visitors to Shielfield on Saturday.

“These will be two tough meetings for us,” admitted team manager Ian Rae, who is keen to see his side bounce back to winning ways after what can only be described as an indifferent start to the season for the Borderers.

“As everyone knows, Sheffield is always a difficult place to go,” said Rae, “and I don’t suppose it will be any different this time around.

“Ipswich are also a highly rated side - they were fancied by many to do well this season, but after a series of home defeats we know that we have to get our season back on track, and the only way to do that is by winning meetings again.”

Berwick will go into the fixture without their number one rider, Edward Kennett, who is riding in a Grand Prix qualifier at St Johann in Austria this weekend. But as The Bandits’ boss points out, they will have plenty of scope when it comes to fielding a replacement,

And to prove that point they have drafted in Edinburgh’s top rider Craig Cook, fresh from his exploits as reserve in the British Grand Prix at Cardiff at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Berwick were represented by skipper Kozza Smith and Robin Aspegren in the Premier League Pairs at Somerset on Friday.

Both riders scored eight points, but it was not enough to see the Bandits’ duo progress past the group stage.

Meeting winners were Somerset (Jason Doyle and Josh Grajczonek) who used home track advantage to beat Scunthorpe (Josh Auty and David Howe) in the final.

Beaten semi-finalists were Edinburgh (Craig Cook and Claus Vissing) and Workington (Richard Lawson and Rene Bach).

* With no Premier League fixture planned for next Saturday (June 15) Berwick have arranged for an inter-league challenge between two junior sides - the Berwick-based Border Raiders and the Dudley Heathens, who race in the National League. More details next week.