Berwick Bandits 35-52 Peterborough Panthers

Berwick suffered their first home league defeat of the season when Peterborough literally showed them the way home at Shielfield.

By Keith Hamblin
Monday, 30th June 2014, 12:16 pm

The Panthers looked the hungrier of the two sides, they were more dominant throughout, and there can be no denying that they thoroughly deserved their victory.

For the Bandits, it was clearly their most lacklustre performance of the season.

They were without skipper Matty Wethers and reserve Matej Kus, using rider replacement for the Australian and Edinburgh’s Stevie Worrall drafted in as a guest replacement for the Czech.

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And Worral certainly did the job asked of him, winning three of his races, amassing 15 (paid 17) in the process.

But the rest of the Bandits simply weren’t at the races.

Claus Vissing was their only other race winning, in heat one, his scoring being hampered later in the meeting by two falls, both of which led to his exclusion.

David Bellego, who had almost gone through the card at Sheffield two nights earlier, clearly had bike problems, retiring in his first two races at the back and going pointless in his opening three rides.

Steen Jensen and Liam Carr again continued to find points hard to come by, which left only Kevin Doolan, with three second places, to lend Worrall any support.

Peterborough, meanwhile, had the bit between their teeth from the start.

Two 1-5s in heats two and three put them in the driving seat at 5-13. Lasse Bjerre forced his way past two home riders up the home straight in heat four, and when they took a third heat maximum in five to lead 9-21 it was obvious the home side were in trouble.

That trouble was compounded in six when Vissing was used as a tactical ride, but came to grief on the second bend.

Worrall won his first race in the re-run and when the Monarch won again as a tactical ride in eight, a 6-3 reduced the deficit to 21-30, but Peterborough hit straight back with another 1-5 from Bjerre and Joe Jacobs in nine.

heat 10 produced the race of the night with Ostergaard forcing his way into the lead, whilst Vissing, after a poor start, went from last to second before giviing chase all the way to the line.

But when Lewis Blackbird and Bjerre took another 1-5 in 11 the visitors suddenly found themselves 26-43 in front and on the verge of a big, and some might say unexpected victory.

Worrell and Jensen did some damage limitation with a 5-1 in 12, but at 13-44 the Panthers knew they could not be headed.

Vissing fell at speed on the third bend in 13 and just to rub salt into the wounds, last year’s Bandit Nicki Barrett, on his first racing return to the Borders, produced a fantastic ride in 14, going from third to first.

As the rain started to fall the riders went to the tapes for heat 15, but there was a collision on the way into the first bend.

As they returned to the pits referee Jim McGregor decided that racing should be abandoned for the night, but the result will stand.