Bandits set for a busy fortnight

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Berwick Speedway are now facing up to a busy week of racing following the postponement of Saturday’s home KO Cup clash against Edinburgh.

The quarter-final, first leg tie was washed out because of heavy rain and a waterlogged track.

The decision was taken just an hour before the scheduled 7pm start-time, but it was felt there was no alternative.

Both teams moved quickly to try and organise a re-arranged date, and they came up with last night (Wednesday) at 7.30pm.

Berwick should have been back to full strength for this meeting as David Bellego was due to miss Saturday’s match as he was riding at Lonigo in Italy where he scored only two points in the first round of the World U21 Final.

The second leg of the tie will be raced at Armadale on Friday, and this will be followed by further meetings on Saturday and Sunday for the Bandits.

On Saturday Rye House Rockets will be the visitors to Shielfield on Premier League duty, whilst on Sunday afternoon the team travel to Glasgow, to take on the Tigers, also in the league.

And the following weekend it is just as busy, with the team facing the prospect of four meetings in as many days.

On Thursday, July 31, they are at Ipswich in the league.

Friday, August 1, sees them at Scunthorpe (league) before Glasgow visit, also in league duty, on Saturday 2.

And on Sunday 3 it is down to Peterborough for the Premier League Fours.

Berwick have been drawn in Group 2, along with northern rivals Edinburgh, Workington and Redcar.

Group 1 will consist of Newcastle, Somerset, Peterborough andScunthorpe.

Director George Hepburn said: “This is an extremely busy time for the club. We haven’t been helped by the weather so far, with a string of postponements, but we are now in the heart of the season.

“This is where it gets serious. We are now looking to pick up as many points as possible to make the play-offs.”