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Berwick Speedway have been hit badly by the weather in recent weeks with two meetings called off in the past seven days.

Now the Bandits are hoping to get back on track with a meeting scheduled for Redcar tonight (Thursday) before they take on Ipswich at Shielfield on Saturday.

The meeting at Redcar is the second leg of the pre-season challenge for the Tweed Tees Trophy, which was twice postponed because of waterlogged tracks back in March.

“They were the first of seven meetings we have lost to the weather so far this season,” said joint team manager Ian Rae.

“We have also lost meetings at Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield (twice) and now at home to Scunthorpe as well.

“The weather is affecting everyone at the moment and we just can’t seem to get any momentum going.”

Berwick will take a 20-point advantage into tonight’s TTT clash on Teesside following a healthy 57-37 win at Shielfield on the opening night of the season.

“I would like to think that will be a big enough lead to take to Redcar,” said Rae. “Obviously we want to go out to try and win the meeting, but if not, we still want to win on aggregate.

“Ipswich on Saturday is a difficult one to gauge. The Witches have had a steady start to the season. They have only raced two league meetings, both at home, but in the League Cup they collected 13 points from their eight meetings, and in the past they have caused us one or two problems here.

“However, in the last couple of home meetings our lads have started to fire, and if we do the same again I am confident we can collect the win.”

Berwick’s home postponement against Scunthorpe on Saturday was the first at Shielfield this season and no date has yet been set for the re-staging.

“The postponement at Sheffield last Thursday was the second time in successive weeks that their KO Cup clash against the Tigers had been put on hold, and with a re-staging date having been agreed for next Thursday (May 22), both clubs will be hoping that it will be third time lucky.

Bandits hold an 18-point lead from the first leg with the winners going on to face high-flying Edinburgh in the next round.will be the start of a busy weekend for Bandits who also race at Workington in the Premier League on Friday 23 and Shielfield on Saturday 24, also against the Comets in the league.