Bellego hospitalised in Fours accident

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Berwick are sweating on the fitness of Frenchman David Bellego after he crashed out of the Fours Finals at Peterborough on Sunday.

Bellego has been in a rich vein of form, but he ended the day in hospital following a crashwhich involved Edinburgh’s Craig Cook and Ipswich’s Rohan Tungate.

Cook appeared to go in hard, possibly clipping Bellego’s front wheel.

Bellego and Tungate were both taken from the stadium by ambulance, butatthe time of writing there has been no update on their condition.

Fortunately, Berwick do not have a meeting now until July 26, which gives Bellego a little while to recover.

The incident was the turning point in Berwick’s defence of the Fours, which began so promisingly when they won their semi-final section on 15 points, ahead of Ipswich (12), Workington (11) and Scunthorpe (10).

In the final they faced Somerset and Edinburgh who had seen off the challenge of Leicester and Newcastle in the semi’s.

After ten heats of the final Bandits were well in contention, but the accident, and Bellego’s exclusion from the re-run of heat 11, meant their challenge ended.

Manager Ian Rae said: “Things were going well for us until David was left with nowhere to go after a hardchallenge that swept his front wheel away.

“At this point all meaning went out of the meeting and all our thoughts are with David in the hope we find out he has somehow managed to escape serious injury.

“Speedway is a sportwhich can turn you emotions 180 degrees in the blink of an eye, and here is proof if ever it was needed.”

Edinburgh went on to win the meeting with a total of 21 points in the final, whilst Ipswich had 18, Somerset 17 and Berwick 16.

Berwick’s scorers were:

Smith 7, Bellego 6, Wethers 2, Ashworth 1, Aspegren DNR.

Semi-final: Ashworth 5, Smith 4, Bellego 3, Wethers 3, Aspegren 0.