With no senior speedway meeting at Berwick this weekend, the club is giving youngsters the chance to shine with an inter-league challenge fixture.
The Berwick-based Border Raiders will take on Dudley Heathens from the National League in a meeting which starts at 7pm on Saturday.
Representing Berwick will be a squad labelled the Northern Raiders, captained by Tweedmouth schoolboy Liam Carr and featuring Australian youngsters Micky Dyer and Max Fricke.
Dyer was a popular Bandit last season, while 17-year-old Fricke is the current Australian U-21 Champion.
The Heathens will be backed by a healthy number of travelling supporters, have the brilliant Adam Roynon leading their side, returning from serious injury but nonetheless justly rated as one of the UK’s brightest prospects. He is joined in their colours by Berwick favourite Paul Starke, who races in Dudley’s colours in the National League when not on call for the Bandits.
Berwick training officer Gary Flint – who will act as team manager for the Northern Raiders – was responsible for setting up the event, and to help balance the books, is offering a special deal of £70 for supporters to sponsor either a rider or a heat. “If they want to be keen, and sponsor a rider and a heat, we’ll do a special deal on that for only £100” said Flint.
To sign up as a sponsor – and encourage younger local riders – potential backers should call Gary Flint on 07597-057413.
“We can only put this match on at such a low admission price because of the generosity of our sponsors” admitted John Anderson. “So anyone who can help us by getting in touch with Gary Flint will be very helpful”.
“I should also place on record our sincere thanks to Berwick Rangers FC, who are giving us the use of the stadium that night for a peppercorn rent”.
Saturday’s teams will line up:
Berwick (Northern Raiders): 1. Micky Dyer, 2. Tamas Sike, 3. Paul Cooper, 4. Adam McKinna, 5. Max Fricke, 6. Luke Crang, 7. Liam Carr (captain).
Dudley Heathens: 1. Adam Roynon, 2. Gareth Isherwood (rider-replacement), 3. Paul Starke, 4. Dan Greenwood, 5. Lewis Blackbird (captain), 6. Max Clegg, 7. Nathan Greaves.
In addition to the clash with the Heathens, there will be a Northern Junior League mini-match, with the Berwick’s teenage juniors taking on Northfield Stars.
Berwick: 1. Luke Ruddick, 2. Kyle Deans, 3. Stefan Farnaby.
Northside: 1. Max Clegg, 2. Rob Shuttleworth, 3. Glyn Picken.