Free use of stadium for Ricky benefit

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Berwick Speedway have expressed their gratitude to the lease-holders of Shielfield Park for their free use of the stadium for a benefit meeting.

Berwick Rangers Supporters’ Club have waived the normal rent for the use of the facilities for the Ricky Ashworth Benefit meeting, which will be held on Saturday, September 28.

Bandits’ director George Hepburn said: “We are extremely grateful to the Rangers’ Supporters’ Club for this kind gesture.

“We are trying to raise as much money as we can for Ricky, and not having to pay any rent for the meeting means we should be able to make an even bigger donation to the fund.”

Ashworth has been in a coma for the past six weeks following an on-track accident whilst racing for Berwick at Scunthorpe at the beginning of August.

After a month at Hull Royal Infirmary he was recently moved to hospital in Salford to be closer to his family, who attend his bedside every day.

The meeting will include riders from Berwick and Ashworth’s parent club, Sheffield, with whom he raced for ten years.

Meanwhile, Berwick, who have been without a home meeting for the past fortnight, return to track action at Shielfield on Saturday when they race their final Premier League meeting of the season against Rye House.

The original fixture was postponed because of rain and had to be re-arranged.

Bandits will go into the meeting without injured skipper Kozza Smith, who suffered a broken scaphoid (wrist) in a crash at Newcastle a almost three weeks ago.

Berwick will also be without reserve Paul Starke, who will be riding in the National League Riders’ Championship at Rye House the same evening, representing Dudley.

Berwick-based Liam Carr is also unavailable, as he will also be riding in the NLRC, and so the Bandits have drafted in Scot James McBain,

On Sunday, Sebastian Alden will represent Berwick in the Premier League Riders’ Championship.