Branney hopes to bounce back from latest setback

BERWICK Bsandits have been sweating this week on the fitness of the luckless Craig Branney.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:47 pm

But by all accounts it appears his injuries are not as bad as first feared, and he hopes to be back in action again soon.

However, the chances are that tonight's meeting at Redcar will come too early for him, and no decision has been made yet for Stoke on Sunday.

Branney had spent the last month on the sidelines with a broken left wrist.

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He only had his cast removed last Monday and made a late decision to make his comeback in the home meeting against Newport at Shielfield on Saturday.

But in his third ride, heat eight, he fell off going into the first bend at high speed.

Reports indicate that he was knocked unconscious for a while, and after lengthy trackside medical treatment he was taken by ambulance to hospital for a check-up.

However, despite complaining about shoulder and back pain, he was found to have no significant injuries and was released the next day.

Following their narrow three point victory over the Wasps, Bandits face Redcar and Stoke this week in what are seen as another two important meetings if they are to gain qualification for the end of season Young Shield.

Only recently, promoter John Anderson said these meetings were vital as to determining Berwick's final league position, and whether or not they qualify for the play-offs.

He said Berwick had to aim to take points from all three fixtures (Newport, Redcar and Stoke) 'otherwise the bottom position is staring us in the face.'