Depleted Bandits to use guest riders

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BERWICK, who have lost four riders to injury in the past week, are to use two guests for this weekend’s meetings against Rye House and Glasgow

The Bandits, who race against the Rockets at home on Saturday, and the Tigers away on Sunday, have lost Jason King (broken arm), Seb Alden (broken hand), Lee Complin (broken collarbone) and new signing Klaus Jakobsen (aggravated shoulder) following spills.

It means they now take to the track for this weekend’s meeting with a much depleted side.

Nick Morris, who guested for the club at Leicester last Saturday, scoring 15 points, has been drafted in as a guest replacement for Alden. Rider-replacem,ent will operate for Complin with Plymouth’s Robert Ksiezak taking the place of Jakobsebn at reserve.

Team manager Ian Rae said: “To lose four riders in four away meetings inside a week is totally devastating,

“It has left us with a major headache and really we are just having to patch up as best we can at the moment.”

With Complin, who also has a damaged bone in his back, likely to be out for some time, the chances are Berwick will have to dip into the transfer market again soon.

But first of all they want to get these two meetings over and done with.

An added spice to Saturday’s home meeting will be the first return to Shielfield of former Berwick rider Charlie Gjedde, who now rides with Rye House.

Gjedde left Shielfield under a cloud last season after a string of poor performances and fans will be interested to see how he performs with his new club.