Wethers puts up fighting show against old club Edinburgh

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EDINBURGH MONARCHS 51, BERWICK BANDITS 39

Former Edinburgh rider Matty Wethers did his best to try and help Berwick end their long losing streak at Armadale on Friday.

The Australian, who spent ten years with the Monarchs, won his first four races as the Bandits tried to run the West Lothian side close.

Ricky Ashworth also won heat one and Kozza Smith also took the chequered flag in his first race, but the withdrawal of David Bellego before heat eight, after falling in an earlier race, was a major turning point in the meeting.

Berwick only trailed 22-20 at the time, but with the Bandits down to six riders, Edinburgh started to stamp their authority on the meeting and a 5-1 and 4-2 in the next two races put them 31-23 in front.

A 1-5 from Wethers and Robin Aspegren got Bandits back in contention at 32-28, but three successive heat advantages took the Monarchs over the winning line at 45-33 with only two races remaining.

Wethers and Paul Starke took another 1-5 in 14, giving the Bandits some hope of a losing bonus point, but the home side finished the stronger with a 5-1 of their own, with Craig Cook and Claus Vissing imposing the only defeat of the night on Wethers, denying him his maximum.

Berwick were also using a guest rider, Adam Ellis, for the injured Nicki Barrett.

Edinburgh - C Vissing 12+1, C Cook 11+1, J Tabaka 8+2, T Pijper 8+1, M Fricke 6, D Sneddon 5+1, M Davey 1. Berwick - M Wethers 13, R Ashworth 7, K Smith 7, R Aspegren 6+1, P Starke 4+2, A Ellis 2, D Bellego 0.