Redcar Bears 42-50 Berwick Bandits

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Berwick made it three wins out of four on the road in the Premier League when they beat Redcar away on Thursday night.

The Bandits moved up to fourth place in the table as a result of the victory, boosting their hopes of an end of season play-off spot.

The Borderers had already won at Workington and Plymouth, victories which had been tempered by their heavy loss at home to Peterborough, but this win went some way to making up for that defeat against the Panthers.

This was a meeting Berwick literally led from start to finish, from the moment Claus Vissing and David Bellego roared to a 1-5 in the opening heat.

Vissing went on to drop only one point from the four races he finished, but againnthis was a meeting in which everyone contributed, the only blank coming from young reserve Liam Carr.

steen Jensen won three of his four starts, whilst Bellego was unbeaten in his first three.

Kevin Doolan dropped only one point in his first three races, whilst Matty Wethers and Matej Kus both chipped in with useful points.

Such was the team”s dominance on the night that Berwick had ten race winners to Redcar’s five, and the Bears had to wait until heat 14 before they managed their first and only 5-1 of the night.

With the score at 39-47 it gave the home side a slender hope of salvaging a losing bonus point in heat 15,

But Vissing raced to his third win of the night and it was the Bandits who left with all four match points.

Bandits’ co-manager George Hepburn said afterwards: “This was an excellent four Premier League points to take us onto 23 after only eight matches.

“At the moment we still have five meetings in hand on leaders Edinburgh.

“Kevin Doolan and Matthew Wethers were always right in the business end of their races, battling hard, and Kev in particular rode two heroes races.

In heat six he split the tricky Lawson/Skidmore partnership and then came from the back in heat nine to pass Lemon and Wilkinson at a vital time when the Bears were on a charge.

“Claus was in blistering form and David was livid with his fourth ride last place to ruin his paid maximum.

“Matej Kus suffered, as Liam had in heat nine, with an engine failure as the tapes went up, but all the lads can justly be proud of a spectacular performance.”

Redcar 42

Richard Lawson 1,1,1,2 = 5

Hugh Skidmore 0,3,1*,0 = 4+1

Mark Lemon 1,4^,1*,1 = 7+1

Carl Wilkinson R,1*,2,3 = 6+1

Aaron Summers 1,3,3,1*,1* = 9+2

Jan Graversen 3,0,2,1,2*,2 = 10+1

Rafal Konopka 1,0,X,N2 = 1

Berwick 50

Claus Vissing 3,R,2,3,3 = 11

David Bellego 2*,3,3,0,0 = 8+1

Steen Jensen 3,1*,3,3 = 10+1

Matthew Wethers 2*,2,2*,1 = 7+2

Kevin Doolan 2*,2,3,0 = 7+1

Liam Carr 0,0,R,N = 0

Matej Kus 2,3,0,2*,R = 7+1