Berwick Bandits 50, Newcastle Diamonds 43: Sebastian Alden and Ricky Ashworth led the way as Berwick Bandits got revenge on Newcastle in the League Cup meeting at Shielfield.
Smarting from a sizeable defeat in the League Cup at Newcastle the previous week, the Bandits were keen to redress the balance in last night’s return fixture at Shielfield Park.
Ricky Ashworth warmed a bitterly cold night up magnificently in Heat One, squeezing between both Mark Lemon and Christian Henry coming off bend two to lead and share the heat 3-3, but Alex Edberg and Lubos Tomicek in the second jetted away from the gate to take a decisive 5-1 over the usually dominant Worrall twins moving the score to 8-4.
Sebastian Alden and Tomicek again made a startling gate in Heat Four to hammer home another unopposed 5-1 with Stuart Robson falling on lap two and retiring before the end with the Bandits well in control 15-9.
Lee Complin, Berwick’s skipper shocked the crowd as well as Henry and Lemon in Heat Five by missing the gate completely and struggled to get past his partner David Bellego, but on the entrance to the last lap he wound on the power, took third and eased round Henry off bend two and caught Lemon unawares and rounded him too off the final bend to take a sensational three points, the score now 18-12.
Another Ashworth win in the sixth in a 4-2 was followed by a Heat Seven 5-1 to Alden and Edberg over a subdued Richie Worrall and Ludvig Lindgren which took the score to 27-15, which allowed Newcastle Diamonds’ team manager George English to nominate Henry as a tactical ride for double points in Heat eight.
Henry made a speedy gate to lead with Richie Worrall behind, but Jason King is getting to know the faster lines at Shielfield now and he took the twin from behind with ease and chased hard on Henry, but the Diamond took the six points in the 2-7 which tightened the match 29-22.
A second consecutive win for Robson in Heat 11 saw him soar ahead of Complin as Lindgren took third over King for Newcastle to hit home a 2-4 and reduce the deficit again to 34-29, but a fine first and second bend from Ashworth and Alden to relegate Lemon and Robson to one point between them and snatch a match-winning 5-1, 45-36.
Berwick manager Ian Rae said: “We’re a solid side, and the skill is developing nicely every week. Ricky, Seb and Lee are simply spectacular, Lubos is scoring steadily, Alex’s confidence is coming back more and more every week as is Jason King’s who, despite his lower scored is not off the pace and usually is banging away in the thick of it. David Bellego had an off night, but they’re all allowed one of those now and again and we already know what he’s capable of.
“Newcastle are no push-overs and to take all League Cup points from them is testament to our solidity which will carry us far in 2012.”
INDIVIDUAL RIDERS’ SCORE CHART
Berwick Bandits 50
1. Ricky Ashworth 3,3,2,3,1* = 12+1
2. Jason King 0,1,2,0 = 3
3. Lee Complin © 2,3,2,2 = 9
4. David Bellego 0,0,1*,0 = 1+1
5. Sebastian Alden 3,3,3,2*,2 = 13+1
6. Alex Edberg ® 3,2*,0,2 = 7+1
7. Lubos Tomicek ® 2*,2*,0,1* = 5+3
Newcastle Diamonds 43
1. Mark Lemon © 2,2,1*,1 = 6+1
2. Christian Henry 1*,3,1*,6^,2,0 = 13+2
3. Ludvig Lindgren 1,0,1,3,3 = 8
4. Claes Nedermark – Rider replacement
5. Stuart Robson R,2,3,3,0,3 = 11
6. Steve Worrall ® 0,0,0,N = 0
7. Richie Worrall ® 1,1,1,1,0,1 = 5