Berwick Bandits have drafted in two Danish guest riders for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Somerset Reds to compensate for the loss of three key men.
Thomas Jorgensen of Scunthorpe comes in at No 2 and Glasgow Tigers teenager Anders Thomsen comes at No 7 to replace David Bellego and Matej Kus.
But with Bandits captain Mattew Wethers also missing after Tuesday’s horrific crash, the Bandits arealso looking for a third replacement.
They will deploy the rider-replacement regulation, allowing all the team except top-average man Claus Vissing to fill in for Wethers during programmed races.
David Bellego is required in Poland for the second leg of the World U-21 Championship final, and the Czechs have demanded the release of Matej Kus for their federation’s Pairs Championship.
Jorgensen - a guest in Berwick colours at Sheffield in June, returning a healthy thirteen points - comes in for Bellego.
Thomsen, collected 11 points for Glasgow at Shielfield Park earlier this month, comes in at reserve.
Somerset are current champions – and currently top of the 2014 table, and like the Bandits have a solid-scoring squad.
Former Berwick favourite Paul Starke will be welcomed back, as will regular guest of past seasons Nick Morris. 17-year-old Australian sensation Brady Kurtz will be making a first appearance at Shielfield in a side captained by track expert Oliver Allen.
SATURDAY’S LINE-UPS (tapes up 7:30pm):
Berwick Bandits: 1. Claus Vissing, 2. Thomas Jorgensen, 3. Steen Jensen, 4. rider-replacement (for Matty Wethers), 5. Kevin Doolan, 6. Alex Edberg, 7. Anders Thomsen.
Somerset Rebels: 1. Nick Morris, 2. Charles Wright, 3. Brady Kurtz, 4. Pontus Aspgren, 5. Olly Allen, 6. Todd Kurtz, 7. Paul Starke.