Two Bandits return for visit of Rebels

BERWICK face Premier League title contenders Somerset at Shielfield on Saturday, when their team will be boosted by the return of two injured riders.

Sebsatian Alden, who has missed the past fortnight with broken bones in his hand, and Klaus Jakobson, who had a shoulder and leg injuries, will both be back in the saddle for the visit of the Rebels.

But with skipper Lee Complin sidelined with a broken collarbone and a damage bone in his back, the Bandits will continue to use rider replacement to cover his rides.

And with new signing Robert Branford also out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, they have drafted in youngster James Sergeant, who rides for Rye House in the National League to ride at reserve.

Team manager Ian Rae says that with so many injury problems the club will have to make additional signings to see them through to the end of the season, but so far none have been confirmed.

They have spoken with former rider Stanislaw Burza, and promoter John Anderson has revealed they did speak about his possible return to the Bandits.

But Anderson says that following further investigation it was discovered the Polish authorities would not allow him to tranfer onto a British licence to race in this country, so the plans have been scrapped.

“It’s not easy finding riders at this time of the year,” admitted Rae, “but we are working on it. Watch this space.”