Newcastle Diamonds55 Berwick Bandits 39: BERWICK followed up their win over Workington with an away trip to local rivals Newcastle on Sunday.
And it was a meeting which was to bring them further heartache, with reserve Jason King breaking his arm.
The Bandit was involved in a heat two spill with Diamonds’ Steve Worrell.
Worrell sustained a broken leg and was taken from the track by ambulance.
Both riders were taken to hospital and it was later confirmed, following an x-ray, that King had sustained an arm fracture, which will effectively rule him out for most of the season.
Berwick had originally been forced to seek a late replacement for number one rider Ricky Ashworth, who was complaining of feeling unwell.
“He had a virus,” said manager Ian Rae, “which had affected him on Saturday and meant he was unable to ride on Sunday.
“We drafted in Redcar’s Aaron Summers, and he scored ten points for us, but losing Ricky was a blow.
“Of course it was an even bigger blow to lose Jason, just a week after losing Alex Edberg with a broken ankle and collarbone.”
Summers won two of his races, including one as a double-pointed tactical ride, but it was Sebastian Alden who was Berwick’s top performer, winning three of his starts, top scoring for the visitors on 15.
“He was the man to beat tonight,” said Rae. “There were moments from some of the other riders, including wins for Lee (Complin) and Robin (Aspegren)but with young Liam (Carr) forced to take seven rides, we knew we were up against it.”
Newcastle took a 5-1 from the opening race and were effectively in control of the meeting from that moment on.
Mark Lemon won three of his races, and with Stuart Robson and reserve Carl Wilkinson also banging in the points it was all Berwick could do to try and keep the deficit down.
Newcastle - M Lemon 13, C Wilkinson 12+1, S Robson 9+3, C Nedermark 8, C Henry 7+2, L Lindgren 6+3, S Worrell 0. Berwick - S Alden 15, A Summers 10, L Complin 7, R Aspegren 4, L Carr 2, D Bellego 1, J King 0