Berwick Bandits face touch test against Monarchs

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Berwick know they will have a big fight on their hands when they face old rivals Edinburgh in the first leg of their KO Cup quarter-final clash this weekend.

That’s because the Monarchs are all-conquering this season, unbeaten in a staggering 24 meetings so far this year!

To date the Armadale side have recorded 23 victories and one draw, and as they have already won at Shielfield in the League Cup earlier in the season, they will travel to Tweedside with a certain degree of optimism.

“It will certainly be a tough meeting,” admits Berwick promoter and team manager John Anderson.

“Edinburgh have been the form team in the Premier League this season and their record speaks for itself.

“In Craig Cook they have one of the best riders in the league, whilst Stevie Worrall has been banging in points from reserve, and now from the main body of the team.

“They will come looking for another win, but we know that if our lads ride like we know they can, we can get a result and give ourselves an advantage to take to their place for the second leg.”

An added set-back for Berwick is the fact that they will be without David Bellego as the Frenchman is away riding in the World U21 Championship.

On Sunday, Berwick, who are currently sitting fourth in the Premier League table, are due to travel to Newcastle to take on the Diamonds.

And again, Bellego is likely to be missing, as he is racing in Italy on Saturday and probably will not be back in time.

Meanwhile, Anderson is hoping that Saturday’s meeting will see the start of a continuous run of fixtures through to the end of the season.

“We have already lost far too many meetings to the weather,” he said.

“We have been particularly badly hit away from home, but we have had a few rain-offs at home as well.

“We have also had a couple of blank Saturday’s, which has not been ideal, and of course all of that means some supporters get out of the habit of coming along.

“As a club we need supporters to come through the gate on a regular basis, so hopefully this meeting against Edinburgh will be the start of a clean run right through to September, and hopefully beyond, if we manage to get into the end of season play-offs, which I am hopeful we will after the start we have made to the season.”