Bandits take advantage of Glasgow injury woes

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Berwick Bandits 62, Glasgow Tigers 33: Berwick raced to a comfortable Premier Challenge Trophy win over Glasgow at Shielfield.

But one cannot help but have some sympathy for the Tigers, who were robbed of two of their top performers in their opening ride, and consequently this had a bearing on the final outcome of the meeting.

Josh Grajczonek and Henning Bager crashed out on the first bend at the start of heat three. There was a lengthy delay whilst both riders received trackside medical treatment and the outcome was that Bager sustained a broken shoulder, whilst Grajczonek had a suspected broken ankle.

Both riders were immediately withdrawn from the meeting, and with them went any chance the visitors had of putting up any sort of fight.

In the circumstances guest Sam Masters - in for the injured Joe Screen - emerged as the only Glasgow rider to win a race, when he was going for double points in heat five.

Former Bandit Jade Mudgway showed some late meeting form by keeping both Nick Morris and Robin Aspegren behind him, but with James Grieves not enjoying the best of nights, the Tigers lacked any bite and in the end had to accept the mauling dished out by the Borderers.

Star of the show was undoubtedly Sebastian Alden who stormed his way to a 14 (paid 15) maximum. He won his first three races by the proverbial mile and looked a class act.

Micky Dyer, who had moved up into the main body of the team, also enjoyed a good night with three straight wins after he buckled a wheel first time out.

This was a night when all seven Berwick riders provided major contributions, with each of them producing at least two paid victories.

The racing wasn’t the best, with Aspegren providing the only passing move after the first and second bends when he took Grieves, who was racing as a tactical in heat nine.

But after losing their opening meeting of the section at Redcar 48 hours earlier this was a welcome win for the Bandits, who as a result remain in contention for the final.

Berwick - Alden 14+1 (paid max), Morris 9+1, Dyer 9, Barrett 8+2, Aspegren 8+2, Bellego 8, Jabobsen 6+1.

Glasgow - Masters 13, Mudgway 9, Grieves 7+1, Campton 2+2, McBain 2, Bager 0, Grajczonek 0.