Barrett ruled out of Bandits’ trip to Plymouthe

Berwick Bandits Speedway'Nicki Barrett
Berwick Bandits Speedway'Nicki Barrett

Berwick have been forced to draft in a guest rider ahead of this weekend’s meeting at Plymouth.

The Bandits travel south to face the Devils on Friday, but they will do so without the injured Nicki Barrett, who dislocated his shoulder in a fall at home against Plymouth on Saturday.

His place will go to fellow Dane Kasper Lykke, who rides for Rye House in the Premier League, and who scored 12 points at Plymouth on his only previous visit there this season.

Bandits also have a doubt over skipper Kozza Smith, who was withdrawn from the home meeting after complaining of dizzy spells.

Despite the loss of both riders Berwick still managed to race to their biggest win of the season at Shielfield.

And less than 24 hours later, with the pair sidelined, the Bandits pulled off a dramatic 46-44 last heat victory at Glasgow to record their first away league victory of the year.

Smith, somewhat unusually, was forced to retire from Saturday’s meeting because of dizziness, which was affecting his balance on his bike.

He was examined by paramedics at the track, who diagnosed a possible middle ear infection. The Bandits’ skipper was syringed at the scene and then taken to hospital for a further check-up.

Barrett, meanwhile, suffered a dislocated shoulder when he crashed trying to avoid former Berwick rider Chris Schramm.

The Dane was clearly in some discomfort and there was a lengthy delay to racing whilst he received treatment before being transferred by county ambulance to hospital for further examination.

“Yes, all in all, it was quite an eventful weekend,” said team manager Ian Rae.

“To win by such a big margin at home with only five riders was quite amazing.

“Ben Barker, who was our guest, was simply outstanding as he raced to a superb paid maximum. There were also impressive performances from David (Bellego) and Robin (Aspegren) but I was particularly pleased for Matty (Wethers) who raced to his first maximum for the club.

“That shows just why we signed him in the first place.

“Then to go and win at Glasgow on Sunday showed just what the team is capable of.

“Losing Kozza and Nicki was a blow, but hopefully neither will be serious and hopefully they will be back sooner, rather than later.

After racing to his first maximum of the season on Saturday Wethers said: “It felt really comfortable, but the strange thing is I haven’t done anything different at all. I’ve not changed anything on the bikes.”