Berwick Bandits 55-37 Glasgow Tigers

Claus Vissing at the Berwick Bandits press and practise night
Claus Vissing at the Berwick Bandits press and practise night

Berwick picked up their first League Cup points of the season with a comfortable win over Glasgow at Shielfield.

The Bandits were the more dominant team throughout and 13 race winners to two emphasised just how in control they were.

Stars of the show were Claus Vissing and David Bellego, who both raced to five ride maximums, the pair completing their full houses with a 5-1 in the nominated heat 15.

After Bellego won heat one, a 5-1 from Berwick reserves Steen Jensen and Liam Carr put the home side in front, and after that they were never headed.

Rusty Harrison managed to win for the Tigers in heat three, and young Dimitri Berge also took the chequered flag for the visitors in heat five, but apart from that they enjoyed little success.

Vissing and Bellego looked head and shoulders above the opposition, winning most of their races from the gate, and it was a 5-1 from Bellego and an otherwise off-coloured Kevin Doolan in heat six which helped open up an eight point gap at 22-14.

Vissing and Bellego both won in seven and eight, the latter a 4-2 with Jensen which put Berwick 29-19 in front, Glasgow then using Theo Pijper as a double pointed tactical ride in nine, when Matty Wethers battled his way around the first and second bends to limit the damage to a 3-5.

The home wins continued to flow and Jensen forced his way past Nielsen for another 5-1 with Matej Kus in 12, although fellow reserve Carr was unfortunate to grind to a halt when in a scoring position in 11.

The best racing was saved for the end of the night with Anders Thomsen passing Jensen in 14, Wethers coming off the last bend to pip Mark Lemon on the line in the same race.

And in 15, Bellego, for once, missed the gate, but managed to power his way past Pijper up the back straight to join Vissing at the front and finish the night with a double maximum.

After the meeting joint team manager Ian Rae said: “After last week’s double defeat against Edinburgh it was important we got back to winning ways in this home meeting. The lads will have taken a big boost to their confidence from that, not only from the win but from the scoreline.”

Maximum men Claus Vissing and David Bellego both said they are looking for more of the same after going unbeaten in Saturday’s home win over Glasgow.

Vissing raced to a flawless 15-point maximum - his second at Shielfield in three home meetings - whilst Bellego notched 14+1.

The Dane, who also scored well whilst guesting for Sheffield on Thursday and Coventry in the Elite League on Friday, said he was delighted with his early season form.

“I just hope I can keep scoring maximums,” he said, “but I know it’s not as easy as that.

“Picking up guest booking like I have this past week is also good for my confidence, especially if I can try a few things out and score a few points at the same time.”

Bellego, whose early season form has been a little more erratic, said he wants to use Saturday’s performance as the springboard to better things.

“After last week’s home defeat to Edinburgh it was important for us to get back to winning ways,” he said. “I went to Poland and put in a bit of practice at Ostrow. I was pleased with the way it went, and wanted to to do the same for Berwick, so to get a paid maximum makes me very happy.”