BERWICK’S number one rider Sebastian Alden will miss out on this weekend’s action when the Bandits bring the curtain down on their 2011 season with their final home meeting against Newport.
The Swede was forced to miss the club’s three final away meetings of the season last weekend because of a broken toe.
He had hoped to be back for the meeting against the Wasps on Friday, but as he cannot get his boot on he has decided against a return and his place will be taken by Scunthorpe’s David Howe, who deputised so well in the meetings at Plymouth, Newport and Rye House.
“David is now our new best friend after he scored a superb paid 41 points on our tour,” said team manager Ian Rae.
“He scored 12 at Plymouth, 13 at Newport and 15+1 at Rye House, so when Seb said he wouldn’t be back this weekend we had no hesitation in offering him another ride.”
Berwick lost all three meetings on their tour, but managed to pick up a losing bonus point at Rye on Sunday.
Alden sustained his injury last week when he was working on a house renovation back in his homeland when he went to snap an old floorboard with his foot.
“But the floorboard was tougher than Seb,” said Rae, “and instead of breaking it Seb broke his toe.
“His foot was all swollen and he couldn’t get his boot on, so racing was out of the question.”
The tour marked the return to action of another Swede, Alex Edberg, who had been out of action for three months after suffering multiple injuries in a crash at Shielfield back in July.
Edberg sustained a punctured lung, a broken collarbone, a broken bone in his back and facial injuries when he was thrown into the safety fence at high speed after clipping the wheel of an opponent in the home meeting against Rye House,
There were fears he would be out of action for the rest of the season, and Bandits signed another Swede, Ludvig Lindgren as an injury replacement.
But Edberg made a quicker than expected recovery and after practicing in Scandinavia he returned to the team at the weekend, with Lindgren reverting back to his parent club, Elite League side Wolverhampton.
Edberg made a slow but steady return to racing, which was perhaps to be expected after such a long time out. Rae said:
“It was obviously sad to lose Ludvig, who made himself a very popular member of the team, but to me, the return of Alex, who we thought might be out of action for the rest of the year with his injuries, is very good news indeed. He made a slow comeback, but it was just good to see him back on a bike again.”
Edberg will make his home return in the final meeting of the season at Shielfield against Newport which will be held tomorrow (Friday, October 28) at 7.30pm.
The meeting against the Welsh side has already been postponed twice because of the weather, and of course it will mark the racing return to Shielfield of Charlie Gjedde, who left the club in controversial circumstances earlier in the season after a string of below par performances.
A statement issued by the club last week said the meeting had only been arranged following protracted negotiations between the two clubs.
Berwick were only able to confirm a date after receiving the green light from BSPA chairman Alex Harkness.
The meeting had to be arranged before the October 31 deadline, but the clubs were unable to meet at Shielfield on Saturday 29 because Newport already had a home meeting scheduled for that date.
As a gesture to their young fans, Bandits will be admitting all children under the age of 16 free of charge, providing they are accompanied by an adult at the turnstiles.