Wethers hopes to make early return to saddle

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Berwick speedway captain Matty Wethers is hoping to be back in action for the Bandits this weekend, less than three weeks after a horror smash at Shielfield.

The Australian, in his second season with the club, was thrown over the safety fence and was taken to hospital in the live Sky TV meeting against Edinburgh.

At first it was feared he may have sustained serious injuries after clipping the rear wheel of Monarchs’ Aaron Fox.

But scans showed there were no broken bones, and just five days later he was married to his long-term partner, Rebecca.

Berwick initially revealed that they expected to be without Wethers ‘for some time.’

But on Friday he was in the pits at Edinburgh to watch his team-mates take on his former club at Armadale, and the following night he was back at Shielfield for the double-header against Rye House and Newcastle when he revealed he hoped to make a much quicker than expected return to action.

“I’ll wait and see how I feel later in the week, but I might be back next weekend, (when Redcar are the visitors), if not it will be the week later,” he said.

“I would have liked to ride this weekend but of course that just wasn’t possible, as I am still feeling a little sore at times.

“Having seen the television replays of the accident I am just happy that I wasn’t more seriously hurt.”

Wethers’ equipment - his bike and his helmet - were badly damaged in the smash and it was revealed that he faced a hefty repair bill.

To help him out financially the club agreed, with the help of the Supporters’ Club, to hold a collection on Saturday and the crowd responded by raising a total of £1,031, which was presented to him on the centre green.

“I would just like to thank everyone for the help,” he said, “it is very much appreciated.”

Berwick lost 57-32 at Edinburgh on Friday, but on Saturday the Bandits took the maximum of six league points from their double-header against Rye House and Newcastle.