Skipper’s injury forces re-think for Bandits

Lee Complin has injured his hand
Lee Complin has injured his hand

WITH a busy schedule coming up, the last thing Berwick needed was an injury worry.

But with skipper Lee Complin crashing out at Workington on Monday that is exactly what they have got.

Complin sustained a suspected broken hand when he was involved in an accident with Comets’ Kyle Howarth at Derwent Park.

Both riders required treatment at the scene, but with Howarth being transferred to hospital by paramedics, the meeting had to be abandoned due to a lack of medical cover.

The score was 36-27 at the time, but the result will not stand and the meeting will have to be re-arranged for a later date.

Berwick are due to race at Somerset on Friday and Rye House on Saturday. They also have an away meeting at Sheffield next Thursday and Edinburgh on Friday and team manager Ian Rae admits the injury could not have come at a worse time.

“After three successive away wins we were looking forward to a busy away spell,” said Rae.

“The team were confident, but now it looks like Lee might need to have an operation on his hand and its anybody’s guess as to how long he will be out.

“The damage was done when he got his hand entangled in Kyle Howarth’s front wheel.

“He was obviously in some discomfort, but now, with these meetings coming up, we are going to have to look at the situation very carefully and consider all our options.”

Meanwhile, Alex Edberg turned in arguably his best ever performance in a Bandits race jacket at the weekend and admitted afterwards that it was all down to a change in his attitude.

Edberg top-scored with a superb 17 paid 19 as the Borderers beat Scunthorpe 57-36 at Shielfield in a Premier League encounter.

The Swede said that his positive mental attitude had contributed to his success.

“In the past I have come to Berwick and have been worrying about what the track was going to be like.

“But now I realise I have no control over that. It is what it is and I have to accept that.

“I came here today in a much more positive frame of mind. I said to myself ‘I am going too ride well’ and that’s exactly what happened.”

But with three tough away meetings scheduled for the week ahead Edberg realised he had to remain in a positive state of mind for a lot longer.

“We have Workington on Monday, and they are going well. It’s Somerset on Friday and they are also on form, and then it’s Rye House on Saturday and that’s a small track.

“I don’t know if I will do well in all of them, but I will be giving it my best shot.”

Edberg says he made no changes to his bikes or his set-up for the Scunthorpe meeting.

“Everything was exactly the same,” he said, “it was all just down to how I felt in my mind.”

Rae was also full of praise for the young Swede, who has become a very popular member of the Berwick team.

“Alex suffered a very bad injury last year and a lesser rider might not have come back from that,” he said.

“He has been threatening something like this over the past few weeks, but tonight was his night and he showed us what he is really capable of.”