BERWICK have been boosted by the news that crocked skipper Lee Complin may be back in action before the end of the season.
Complin has been sidelined for the past month with a series of injuries, including a broken collarbone and injuries to his hand and his back.
Speaking to the crowd from the centre green at Shielfield on Saturday the gritty Yorkshireman said all being well he hopes to return to the saddle some time before the end of the current campaign.
Originally it was thought Complin’s season was over, all the more so after it was confirmed his first operation to mend his collarbone had not been a success.
“It didn’t mend properly,” he said, “so I decided to go private and have it done again.
“They rebroke the bone and now it has been pinned and plated.
“It feels a lot more comfortable now, which means that hopefully I might be able to come back before the season ends.”
Complin says his hand is ‘on the mend’ but he still has some pain in his back.
Berwick will race their final home league meeting of the season against Ipswich on Saturday. They are also at Plymouth on Friday but a proposed re-arranged meeting at Workington on Sunday has been called off because the Derwent Park stadium, which they share with the Rugby Union team, is required for a rugby match.
There is now a possibility this may be re-staged on Saturday, September 22, (as part of a doubler-header involving Leicester) when there will be no home meeting at Shielfield.
A club spokesman also confirmed this week that there will be no Bordernapolis individual this season due to the expense of staging it last year.
Berwick team manager Ian Rae says this weekend’s meetings against Plymouth and Ipswich are vital to their chances of qualification for the end of season play-offs.
“We bounced back well after a hammering at Redcar last Thursday with a win over Newcastle at home on Saturday,” he said.
“That boosted our chances of a play-off place, but we really need to win our final home meeting against Ipswich to make certain.
“Redcar was a horror show, but we were much better against Newcastle, and against Glasgow on Sunday - now we want to keep the momentum going.”
Berwick welcomed back Nikki Barrett after a two-week lay-off with a leg injury at the weekend and the Dane responded well. He was pointless in his first two rides against Newcastle, but took five from his next two, and at Glasgow on Sunday he bagged a creditable 7+1, which included a race win and a 5-1.
After the Newcastle meeting he said: “It’s nice to be back and scoring points again. It was very frustrating when I got injured after just two weeks with the team.
“I have always wanted to ride in the Premier League. I had a chance with Somerset at the start of the season but the deal didn’t work out and so I stayed at home riding in Denmark.
“Berwick then gave me a chance and I gave up my job to come over here and ride. All I want to do now is ride enough meetings to get an official average, which will help me get a team for next season, hopefully Berwick, because I like riding here.
“The track has been a bit bumpy at times, but I am getting used to it now.”
Until now Barrett has been travelling back to Denmark on a regular basis, but between now and the end of the season he intends to cut down on the travelling and stay in Britain.