Bandits hope for a blast against Rockets

AFTER storming to their biggest win of the season at home to pre-season title favoruites Ipswich on Saturday, Berwick will be hoping to carry on their form when they face Rye House away this weekend.

The Bandits have no meeting at Shielfield this Saturday as the date clashes with the British Grand Prix at Cardiff, which will be broadcast live on Sky TV.

But on Sunday afternoon they will take on the Rockets at Hoddesdon.

This is a track where Berwick do not usually perform all that well, but the big home win over the Witches last Saturday has boosted the confidence of everyone in the Bandits’ camp and they will be travelling to Hertfordshire looking to put on a good show.

After the 62-28 win over Ipswich, team manager Ian Rae said he was hoping the victory would help the club kickstart their season.

And this was a message echoed by captain Lee Ciomplin who added:

“We are a seven man team now and I think tonight showed everyone what we are capable of.

“If we can continue in this form there is no reason why we shouldn’t start to climb the table.”

Ironically, Berwick’s next home meeting (on Saturday, July 2) is also against Rye House so this fixture will give Berwick a good indication of their level of opposition.

Last Saturday’s meeting went ahead despite the fact that rain fell at Shielfield throughout the evening.

Only two days earlier the club had issued a press release to say how desperate they were for the meeting to go ahead as recently the Border fans have been starved of their regular diet of Saturday night action.

Co-promoter George Hepburn said: “We managed just two matches here in the whole month of May, and so far just one in June!

“We have another enforced break next week as we are not allowed to run on the night of the British Grand Prix at Cardiff – that means we’ll have had just four home matches between the end of April and the start of July!”