Bandits manager calls for more consistency

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BERWICK manager Ian Rae has been left bemoaning his team’s lack of consistency after what can only be described as a topsy-turvey 48 hours last week.

On Thursday the Bandits won their first away meeting of the season with a convincing 51-42 victory at Sheffield in the league.

But then, on Saturday, they went down 40-50 at home to Edinburgh - the team’s fifth defeat in their last eight Shielfield outings in the league and cup.

“What can I say,” said Rae afterwards. “I sometimes cannot understand speedway even though I’ve been part of it for decades.

“At Sheffield on Thursday we wiped the floor with the Tigers on their own shale. It was plain sailing, yet here we are, just 48 hours later and we looked a shadow of that side.

“In the end we got what we deserved against Edinburgh - nothing.

“They were the more solid-looking side and apart from Seb Alden and Micky Dyer we struggled to put up any sort of fight.

“We have got to gain some consistency and learn how to gate well in every match.”

At Sheffield the Bandits went out to try and avenge a home league defeat at the hands of the Yorkshiremen back in July.

They used Leicester’s Lasse Bjerre as a guest and it was his scoring, along with that of reserve Dyer, David Bellego and Robin Aspegren which helped the team record the victory.

Stand-in manager for the night, John Anderson said: “We wanted a good win after they sneaked that win at our place, but I doubt many would have dared to believe we could be so completely dominant. This was an extraordinary team effort and I couldn’t be more proud of the lads because they all played a part.”

Berwick cut admission prices for the home meeting against Edinburgh in the hope of attracting more fans through the turnstiles.

The Monarchs had faced a double-header against Scunthorpe and Redcar just 24 hours earlier and so this was a way of trying to entice more of their supporters along following the added expense of their Friday fix.

“It was a decent turn-out,” said Anderson. “This is the second time we have done this in recent weeks and it has proved a useful exercise.”

Originally Anderson said: “As a club we will now sit down and discuss what benefits we gained from it and consider if it is worthwhile doing it again in the future.”

Shortly afterwards it was confirmed the club will indeed be repeating the offer of cut price admission for the third successive home meeting when Newcastle visit Shielfield on Saturday.

“The fans have responded well to the offer and have turned out in force,” said Anderson. “We want to show we are committed to this - it makes for a much better atmosphere when there are a few people inside theb stadium”

Berwick will be back in track action tonight (Thursday) when they travel to take on Redcar. On Saturday they face Newcastle at home and on Sunday it’s Glasgow away.

“That’s three meetings in four days,” said Rae, “here’s hoping we can find a little bit more consistency because we could do with some points to keep us in contention for the Young Shield.”