EDINBURGH MONARCHS 55 BERWICK BANDITS 37: Berwick’s League Cup campaign ended on a losing note when they were comfortably beaten by old rivals Edinburgh on Friday.
Berwick had lost 42-48 at home to the Monarchs in the corresponding fixture at Shielfield a week earlier, and with Armadale never the happiest of hunting grounds, the Borderers travelled north with some trepidation.
All the more so as they were still missing the services of their number one rider and skipper Ricky Ashworth (concussion) and rider replacement was used to cover his absence.
The first two races were drawn with David Bellego winning heat one after former Edinburgh favourite Matty Wethers fell on the first lap on a track made difficult by rain earlier in the day.
Edinburgh moved 15-9 in front with two heat advantages, but Bellego won his second race in five and after Craig Cook headed Robin Aspegren in six a Kozza Smith - Wethers 1-5 in seven brought it back to 22-20.
But with Bellego excluded in eight, Monarchs took full advantage with a 5-1 to move 27-21 ahead and another two maximums from Theo Pijper and Max Fricke in nine and Cook and Derek Sneddon in 10 stretched the lead to 37-23 and Berwick’s hopes had vanished.
Aspegren, as a tactical ride, finished second behind Claus Vissing in 11 (40-28).
Heat 12 was shared 3-3, won by Pijper, but a Cook-Vissing 4-2 in 13 made it 47-33 and the home side were heading towards a comfortable victory.
A Wethers - Nicki Barrett 4-2 in 14 saw the score move on to 49-37 with one race remaining, and in 15 Cook won his fourth race of the night in a 5-1 with Pijper to give the Monarchs an 18-point winning margin.
Edinburgh: Cook 13+1, Pijper 13+1, Tabaka 9+2, Vissing 8, Sneddon 7+2, Fricke 5+1, Helfer 0.
Berwick: Aspegren 10, Wethers 8+1, Bellego 7+1, Smith 6, Edberg 3+2, Barrett 3, Ashworth rider/rep (3).