Bandits ready for opener

Berwick Bandits line up for the 2013 season (left to right) Ricky Ashworth, Alex Edberg, Nicki Barrett, Kozza Smith, Robin Aspegren, Matty Wethers and David Bellego

Berwick Bandits line up for the 2013 season (left to right) Ricky Ashworth, Alex Edberg, Nicki Barrett, Kozza Smith, Robin Aspegren, Matty Wethers and David Bellego

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Berwick face a tough start to their season with a home challenge against Edinburgh in the ‘Cock O’ The North’ Trophy this weekend.

The teams will meet at Shielfield on Saturday in what is now the first leg after Friday’s original first leg at Armadale was postponed earlier this week because of the weather.

Edinburgh have been hit by the loss of young Australian and former PLRC winner, Sam Masters, who has yet to get a Visa to come back and ride in the UK.

They have now recruited Ben Fund runner-up, Dane Claus Vissing, who rode at Somerset in 2012,

No date has yet been set for the Armadale visit.

Berwick will go to the tapes with Ricky Ashworth installed as their new captain, and he will be assisted in the role by Kozza Smith.

Team manager Ian Rae said: “Ricky has the technical know-how and the experience, whilst Kozza has the ability to gee up riders.”

The Berwick team will consist of:

Ricky Ashworth, David Bellego, Matty Wethers, Kozza Smith, Robin Aspegren, Nicki Barrett and Alex Edberg.

The Edinburgh side listed is: Craig Cook, Derek Sneddon, Theo Pijper, Max Fricke, Sam Masters (or replacement), Marcel Helfer, Jozsef Tabaka.