Busy weekend for Bandits - four meetings in four days

Bwerwick Bandits are facing up to the prospect of four meetings in as many days this weekend.

By Keith Hamblin
Thursday, 31st July 2014, 9:00 am

The Borderers travel to take on Ipswich tonight (Thursday), before meetings at Scunthorpe on Friday and at home to Glasgow on Saturday, all in the Premier League.

Then on Sunday they go to Peterborough to compete in the Final of the Premier League Fours, a competition they won in 2012.

Director George Hepburn said: “It’s a busy spell and it will be a test for man and machinery.

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“But we have made a good start to our Premier League campaign with four away wins so far, and we would like to take something from this weekend, although Ipswich and Scunthorpe are never easy places to go.”

Meanwhile, Berwick promoter and team manager John Anderson has called on his riders to get over the fear factor which exists at Edinburgh.

Anderson spoke after the 67-23 capitulation at Armadale on Friday, when the Monarchs overturned a 12-point first leg deficit to storm into the semi-finals of the KO Cup.

“We know we don’t go well here,” he said, “but that’s no excuse as generally we were terrible tonight and Edinburgh thoroughly deserved their semi-final place.

“We have got to lay the ghost of Armadale soon as we are not that bad a side, but the lads possibly come here hearing all the folklore and start to believe they’re defeated before they hit the track.

“I want that attitude and belief slaughtered so we can put on a decent Armadale performance. I don’t see why we cannot do that!”

Berwick, with the help of a superb 17-point haul from reserve Matej Kus, which included five heat wins, led 51-39 after the first leg at Shielfield last Wednesday, but with Kus missing the Armadale trip as he was riding in the Czech Republic, and with Claus Vissing ruled out through injury, the Borderers were simply never at the races, Steen Jensen their only race winner as Edinburgh strolled through 106-74 on aggregate.