Rallying call for fans to show their support

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BERWICK promoter John Anderson is urging fans to show their support and back the club in ever-increasing numbers.

In his programme notes at the weekend Anderson said current crowd levels do not make speedway ‘sustainable’ at Shielfield.

In recent weeks Berwick have offered cut price admission to fans in a bid to attract more fans, and Anderson says he has been pleased with the support.

“We simply must get and need bigger crowds to sustain the long term future of Berwick Speedway,” he said.

Meanwhile, the curtain is beginning to fall on Berwick’s season, but when the final act will be staged remains to be decided.

That’s because the Bandits, after a home win over an injury-ravaged Glasgow on Saturday, are still in contention for the final of the Premier Challenge Trophy.

And with two meetings still to go (away to Glasgow and home to Redcar), it’s still not certain if the visit of the Bears on October 13 will be the final action of the year.

Berwick were hoping the picture might have been a little clearer, but their away meeting at Glasgow on Saturday was postponed because of a waterlogged track.

The Borderers opened their PCT campaign at Redcar last Thursday when they went down to a disappointing 58-36 defeat.

They bounced back with a big 62-33 win over Glasgow on Saturday, but in fairness to the Tigers they were ravaged by injuries, with two of their riders crashing out in their opening race.

Henning Bager sustained a broken shoulder when he tangled with team-mate Josh Grajczonek at the start of heat three, Grajczonek also being forced out of the meeting with a suspected broken ankle.

After the meeting Berwick team manager Ian Rae said: “After going down heavily at Redcar on Thursday it was nice to get back on track with a home win, which keeps us in contention in the group.

“But there can be no denying Glasgow were affected by the loss of two of their riders so early in the meeting.

“We sympathise with them for their loss and hope that both Henning and Josh make quick recoveries, but we know only too well what it has been like to lose riders to injury this season.”

Sebastian Alden, who has hit a rich vein of form, raced to his second successive home maximum with a 14+1 haul against the Tigers, but on a night when all the riders contributed well, perhaps some of the most pleasing form was displayed by Micky Dyer.

The Aussie won three races in a row after buckling a wheel and retiring in his opening ride.

“I knew it would be difficult stepping up,” he said, “and I struggled at Redcar. But everything went right for me after buckling my wheel in my opening race and I just hope I can keep it going to the end of the season now.”

Dyer, who joined the Bandits after failing to win his team place back at Edinburgh on his return from injury, says he has enjoyed his spell with the Shielfield club and would be happy to return next season if the opportunity arises.

“My average is low (only 3.9) and that means a few teams might be able to fit me in at reserve, so my phone might be busy during the winter.”