Alden and Complin are latest Bandits’ crocks

Seb Alden. Sebastian Alden
Seb Alden. Sebastian Alden

BERWICK, who face Rye Hoyse at home on Saturday, and Glasgow away on Sunday, are currently in a race against time as they try to piece together a side for the meetings.

That’s because another three riders were injured on the club’s tour last weekend, and manager Ian Rae is now trying to assemble a team to take to the track.

On Thursday the Bandits went down 59-31 at Ipswich, where Sebastian Alden sustained two broken bones in the back of his right hand.

He subsequently returned home to Sweden and missed the two remaining meetings on the tour at Scunthorpe on Friday and Leicester on Saturday.

Berwick, despite their depleted line-up, managed to take a losing bonus point from each of these meetings, with a 48-42 defeat against the Scorpions and a narrow 49-45 reverse against the Lions.

But there were more injury worries with skipper Lee Complin crashing out at Scunthorpe with a broken collarbone, whilst Dane Klaus Jakobsen was also injured at Leicester, picking up a shoulder injury.

After previously losing Swede Alex Edberg with a broken ankle and collarbone, and Jason King with a bropken arm, Berwick manager Ian Rae was rightly feeling very frustrated at the situation.

“We just seem to have no luck at the moment,” he said.

“Losing Alex first of all was bad enough, but in the past week we have had four away meetings and now we are down another four riders.

“I know we won the Fours recently, but that now seems an awefully long time ago.

“We must have used up all our good luck in that meeting, because we have had none since.”

Alden is expected to be out of action for two or three weeks, whilst Complin could be sidelined for a month.

Depending on Jakobsen’s situation - he was due to see a specialist in Denmark earlier this week - Rae says he will have to think ‘very carefully’ about his next move.

“I think we are going to have to strengthen up,” he said, “but it all depends on Klaus.

“If Lee is out for a month, or possibly longer, we might have to replace him with someone else, but if Klaus is out as well it gives us more points to play with and slightly greater scope.

“When you consider all the injutries we have had this season, and then add Kozza Smith and Brenton Barnfield into the equation before the season even started, it has been a horrendous year for us.”