Workington Comets 41-49 Berwick Bandits

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Berwick picked up their first away league win of the season when they beat Workington at Derwent Park on Friday.

Despite the similarities in the tracks,Bandits have never found the Cumbrian circuit the happiest of hinting grounds.

But on this occasion, with a solid all-round team performance, they made it three wins out of three in the league so far and returned with the maximum four match points.

Josh Grajczonek dropped only one point from his five rides for the home side, beaten only by David Bellego in heat one.

But this was a night when the visitors shone and they literally led the meeting from start to finish.

Two 2-4s in the opening heats put Berwick 4-8 in front -Steen Jensen won heat two - and after that they were never headed.

Rain started to fall during the meeting and the track became a little slippery, but Berwick adapted to the conditions and did not let it affect their determination.

Bandits had some luck when Kyle Howart fell whilst leading on the fourth bend in heat three, a 5-1 for the home side turning into a 3-3.

Claus Vissing then produced a fantastic race, passing both home riders for a win in four, but wins for Ricky Wells, Grajczonek and Rene Bach in the next three kept it tight at 20-22, and it wasn’t until Bellego and Jensen took a 1-5 in eight that the visitors had some breathing space.

Wins by Vissing, Kevin Doolan and Jensen over the next four races kept the Bandits’ noses in front at 32-40, and at that stage the travelling supporters were starting to believe an away victory was possible.

Grajczonek got the better of Vissing in both 13 and 15, but another win for Jensen in 14 was the clincher for the Bandits, as after that they knew they couldn’t lose.

Workington Comets: Josh Grajczonek - 2, 3, 3, 3, 3 = 14; Mason Campton - 0, 1, 1, 0 = 2; Ricky Wells - 3, 3, 1’, 2, 1 = 10+1; Kyle Howarth - F, 0, 2, 2 = 4; Rene Bach - 2, 3, 2, 0 = 7; Chris Mills - 0, 0, 0 = 0; Ashley Morris - 2, 1’, 0, 1’, 0 = 4+2.

Berwick Bandits: Kevin Doolan - 1, 2, 3, 1’ = 7+1; David Bellego - 3, 1’, 3, 1 = 8+1; Matej Kus - 2, 2, 1’, F = 5+1; Matthew Wethers - 1’, 1’, 2, 1 = 5+2; Claus Vissing - 3, 2, 3, 2, 2 = 12; Liam Carr - 1, 0, 0 = 1; Steen Jensen - 3, 0, 2’, 3, 3, F = 11+1.