Workington Comets 51-38 Berwick Bandits

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Berwick failed in their bid to make it a weekend double over Workington when they went down to a 13-point defeat at Derwent Park on Sunday.

But it looked as if it might have been a lot different early on, with the Bandits holding a seven point advantage at 11-18 after the first five races.

Matej Kus and Matty Wethers gave the Bandits the initial breakthrough with a 1-5 in heat three, and when Kevin Doolan and David Bellego followed it it with another in heat five The Borderers looked set for a good night.

But coupled with an off-night for Claus Vissing, who scored only one points after two exclusions and a retiral, and a paid maximum from Comet Mason Campton, the home side managed to turn things around and run out comfortable winners.

Berwick still led 19-22 after heat seven, but then the wheels came off as Workington raced to three successive 5-1s in heats eight, nine and ten to open up a 33-25 lead.

David Bellego won in 11 and the improving Steen Jensen took the chequered flag in 13, but by then the home side were already 44-33 to the good and had victory guaranteed.

After the meeting, joint team manager Ian Rae said: “We made a good start but were hit badly by retirals and exclusions.

“In the end we didn’t take anything from the meeting, but I thought we deserved at least a point.”

Workington: J Grajczonek 10+1, M Campton 11+1 (paid max), R Wells 6+1, K Howarth 7, R Bach 5+1, C Mills 6, A Morris 6+1. Berwick: K Doolan 5+1, D Bellego 9+1, M Kus 4+1, M Wethers 8+2, C Vissing 1, L Carr 3, S Jensen 9+1.

* Berwick open their Premier League campaign this weekend with home and away meetings against Newcastle.

The Bandits face the Diamonds at Shielfield on Saturday. (April 26) with the return at Brough Park on Sunday (April 27).

Newcastle have been tipped as one of the top sides in the PL this season.