Bandits end season on a winning note

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Berwick and Rye House brought the curtain down on their Premier League campaigns with their final meeting of the season, which had been postponed from August.

And it was the Bandits who finished on a winning note, although the Rockets had the satisfaction of taking a losing bonus point after holding the Borderers to a four-point deficit

In the main that was down to the form of their number one Olly Allen, who after a pointless opening ride, won his next three races with some verve.

There were also useful contributions from Jason Bunyan, who won two races, Pontus Aspegren and Tyson Nelson, who all helped keep the visitors in the mix.

Berwick, meanwhile, were best served by Sebastian Alden and Matty Wethers, whilst David Bellego won his opening two rides.

The Bandits made the better start and 5-1s from heats one and six, courtesy of Alden and guest Hugh Skidmore, and Alden and Bellego, saw them establish a ten point lead at 23-13.

Heat five produced a good race when Allen forced his way past Skidmore for the win, Wethers doing likewise against Aspegren at the back.

This enabled Rye House to use Nelson as a double pointed tactical in seven, and whilst he was edged out by Bellego in the early stages of the race, he managed to force his way through off the last bend to join Bunyan for a 1-7 which brought the scores back to 24-20.

Aspegren got the better of Alden in eight, But two more heat advantages for Berwick in nine and ten, Alden instrumental in another 5-1 in the latter, saw the home side move 36-26 in front.

But Allen and Aspegren teamed up for a 1-5 in 11 which kept the pot boiling at 37-31, ensuring Berwick did not have everything their own way.

Wins for Bunyan, Allen and Nelson in three of the last four races meant Rye continued to make their presence felt, but Bandits had done just enough to win.

Berwick 48

Sebastian Alden 3,2*,2,3,2,2 14+1

Kozza Smith – Rider replacement

Hugh Skidmore 2*,0,2,1,2 7+1

Matthew Wethers 3,1*,3,2*,3,1* 13+3

David Bellego 3,3,1,1,0 8

James McBain R,0,0,N 0

Nicki Barrett 3,1,1*,1*,0 6+2

Team manager Ian Rae

Rye House 44

Olly Allen 0,3,3,3 9

Pontus Aspgren 1,0,3,2*,0 6+1

Jason Bunyan 1*,3,0,3 7+1

Tyson Nelson 2,4^*,1,2,3 12+1

Anders Mellgren 2,1,2,1 6

Kasper Lykke 2,0,0,0 2

Oliver Greenwood 1*,0,0,1* 2+2

Manager John Sampford