Inconsistent Bandits dumped by Edinburgh

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Berwick Bandits 40, Edinburgh Monarchs 50: Berwick’s disappointing run of home form continued when they suffered another Shielfield defeat, this time at the hands of Edinburgh.

The Bandits had won at Sheffield on Thursday, and with the Monarchs having lost one of their double-header meetings at home to Scunthorpe the night before, there were hopes the Borderers might get one over their old adversaries.

But in the event that was not to be, as the visitors looked the more complete unit and in the end Berwick slipped to their fifth home reverse in their last eight outings.

Sebastian Alden, after a poor opening ride when he was on the wrong end of a 1-5 in heat one, bounced back and dropped only one point in his five remaining races.

Micky Dyer continued to impress with another paid double-figure return, but the rest of the team lacked any consistency and with Edinburgh only running three last places over the night it was all the home side could do to try and stay in touch.

With Klaus Jakobsen winning his first race in a Berwick jacket, he and Dyer got Bandits back on level terms after heat two, and for the first half of the meeting there was nothing between the sides, Edinburgh guest James Grieves winning his first two races as the sides found themselves locked together at 21-all after seven heats.

Dyer then ploughed into the back of the fallen David Bellego in heat eight. The Frenchman was excluded and the Aussie wrecked his bike.

He came out on his second machine in the re-run and took second place, but a 2-4 to the Monarchs, followed by another in nine courtesy of Andrew Tully and Filip Sitera saw Edinburgh edge four in front at 25-29 and it was obvious Berwick had a fight on their hands.

Dyer and Alden won in 10 and 11, but Monarchs filled the lower scoring berths and so the deficit remained at 31-35.

Theo Pijper then passed disappointing Berwick guest Matej Kus in 12 and with Alden giving his all but failing to pass Grieves in 13, another 2-4 saw Edinburgh open up a six point gap at 36-42 and the home side were staring defeat in the face.

That was confirmed in the very next race when Matthew Wethers and Marcel Helfer sped from the gate and led Robin Aspegren and Dyer all the way for. Match-winning 1-5.

Alden took the flag in 15 ahead of Grieves and Wethers, but it was not enough to claw back any of the deficit and the Monarchs left with all four league points to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Berwick: Alden 15, Dyer 8+2, Aspegren 7, Kus 4, Bellego 3, Jakobsen 3, Ashworth - rider replacement.

Edinburgh: Grieves 12+1, Wethers 9+2, Sneddon 8+1, Tully 8, Pijper 7+2, Helfer 4+2, Sitera 2.

* Berwick were due to race at Workington on Friday, a meeting postponed from the August Bank Holiday Monday because of the unavailability of medical cover at Derwent Park.

But racing was abandoned shortly before the 7.30pm start time due to rain. No date has yet been set for the re-staging.