Kennett fails to inspire Bandits in Redcar defeat

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Redcar Bears 52 Berwick Bandits 40: Berwick slumped to a 12 point defeat at the hands of Redcar on Thursday when they contested their first meeting in almost a fortnight.

The home side were without the injured Matej Kus, but still managed to overcome the challenge of the Bandits, who relied heavily on the scoring of their number one rider Edward Kennett.

He dropped only one point from his four races, beaten only by Ulrich Ostergaard in heat 13 - that coming after the GB World Cup squad rider had won his third outing as a double pointed tactical.

Kozza Smith was also used in a similar role, but he failed to score in the black and white helmet which did not help the Bandits’ cause.

For Redcar almost all their riders were in the points with four of them paid for at least three wins apiece.

Berwick took a 2-4 advantage from the opening race courtesy of Kennett and David Bellego, but Redcar hit back and two 5-1s and 4-2 saw the visitors fall 16-8 behind after heat four. A 1-5 from Kennett and Bellego brought it back to 17-13, but a 4-2 and 5-1 in six and eight saw the Cleveland side go 29-19 in front, at which stage Smith was used in his double-pointed role.

However, two successive 5-1s saw the Bears stretch their lead to 38-21, at which point Kennett was also used as a tactical. A 2-7 brought it back to 40-28, but by this stage the Bandits knew they were staring defeat in the face, and that was confirmed in the very next heat, 12, when a 5-1 from Micky Dyer and Max Dilger took the home side over the finishing line at 45-29.

After Ostergaard got the better of Kennett in 13, Matty Wethers won in 14 and Bellego and Wethers took a 1-5 from heat 15, but the Bandits left empty handed.

Redcar - Ostergaard 12+1, Wilkinson 10+2, Summers 9, Dyer 9, Skidmore 8+1, Dilger 5+1, Kus - rider replacement.

Berwick - Kennett 14, Wethers 9+1, Bellego 8+1, Smith 4+1, Aspegren 3+1, Starke 2, Barrett 2