Patched up Bandits face three meetings in three days

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Berwick’s patched up Bandits face the prospect of three meetings in three days this weekend.

Bandits will have David Bellego back in the fold following his Grand Prix semi-final exploits, as they prepare to face Sheffield, Somerset and Peterborough on successive nights.

Initial reports suggested Matej Kus had been declared fit to ride, but he is now back in the Czech Republic and has withdrawn.

His place will go to guest Thomas Jorgensen of Scunthorpe, whilst rider-replacement will operate for Matty Wethers at No 2.

Tonight (Thursday) Berwick will travel to Yorkshire for the second leg of their KO Cup first round tie. This is a meeting which has been postponed on three previous occasions. Berwick hold an 18-point advantage from the first leg after their 54-36 win at Shielfield in May and will be looking to make progress in the competition with Edinburgh awaiting the winners in the quarter-finals.

On Friday they travel to Somerset to take on the Rebels at the Oak Tree Arena in the Premier League before returning to Shielfield to take on Peterborough, again in the league.

“They are three difficult matches,” admitted manager Ian Rae, “and of course a lot will depend on the fitness of Matej and Matty.

“We will be keeping an eye on their progress over the next few days but hopefully both will be able to take their place in the team.”

An added feature for the match is the fact that last year’s Bandit, and club asset Nicki Barrett, will be riding making his first racing return following his loan switch to the Panthers.

*In Saturday’s Grand Prix Qualifier semi-final in Poland, David Bellego scored three points.