Wethers: ‘We cannot afford to take anything for granted’

Berwick Bandits Speedway
Berwick Bandits Speedway

Berwick travel to take on Sheffield in the second leg of their first round KO Cup tie tonight (Thursday) defending an 18-point lead.

But both skipper Matty Wethers and joint team manager Ian Rae are warning the riders that they cannot afford to take anything for granted.

Wethers, speaking after the 54-36 first leg victory over the Tigers at Shielfield on Saturday said: “We have to go there and attack. We have to go out and try to win the meeting, to win races, not just to settle for 3-3s.”

And Rae added: “I am reasonably satisfied with the lead. Midway through the first leg it looked as though we would easily hit a good 60 points plus score, which would have made the trip to Sheffield on Thursday pretty comfortable.

“But they are an experienced side and it shone through in the latter half as they stemmed the tide and scored a few good wins of their own.

“An 18 point lead is a good margin to take to Owlerton, but it means we have a far harder match ahead than it might have been – and the chance of a quarter-final against Edinburgh could be the dangling carrot our lads need to come up with the goods.”

On Saturday Berwick will return to Premier League action with a home meeting against Scunthorpe.

Steen Jensen, who enjoyed his best meeting of the season with four wins against Sheffield, said he hoped the team could continue their winning form. And like fellow Dane Claus Vissing, he has chipped in to help out local teenager Liam Carr as he continues to come to grips with life in his first full season of PL racing.