Dyer defies doctors and stars in Bandits’ win

Berwick Bandits 56, Plymouth Devils 39: Injury-ravaged Berwick turned in an impressive performance to beat Plymouth in this re-arranged fixture at Shielfield.

The Bandits, who had lost four of their last six home league and cup meetings, needed a result to instill some confidence back in the fans.

And they did it in style, the difference between the two sides being that Berwick only ran three last places in the 15 heats.

Nick Morris again deputised as guest for the injured Ricky Ashworth and showed up well, but all seven Bandits either won or were paid for wins on a night when they led from start to finish.

A heavy downpour shortly before the start made conditions difficult.

Ben Barker, the number one rider in the Premier League, showed his pedigree by winning four of his five starts, and he was only denied his maximum by Robin Aspegren when the Devil was going for double points as early as heat four.

But Ryan Fisher, also as a tactical ride, and Cory Gathercole were the only other visiting riders to take the chequered flag, and a string of last places from their tail-enders meant they never really got into the meeting.

All the Berwick riders performed well, but the star of the show was reserve Mickey Dyer, who, only four days after a crash which left him with a nasty leg injury, and with six stitches in the wound, got back on his bike and won three of his four starts.

“At first the doctors thought I had broken my leg,” he said afterwards. “It was then thought that I might be action for up to a month, but I knew I wanted to get back as quickly as possible.

“I have six stitches in the wound and it is uncomfortable, but the pain is bearable and I couldn’t be happier with my performance.”

Team manager Ian Rae added: “The rest of the lads all rode well too and it was good to see Klaus Jakobsen finally ride with some good determination.”

Berwick : Alden 10+2, Dyer 10+1, Bellego 9, Morris 8+2, Aspegren 8, Barrett 6+2, Jakobsen 5+2. Plymouth: Barker 16, Fisher 9, Gathercole 8, Anderson 2+1, Holder 2, Kurtz 1, McKinna 1.