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Bandits hit Monarchs, then Tigers for six

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Bandits take all six points defeating Edinburgh then Glasgow

MATCH ONE

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 60
Edinburgh "Staggs Bar" Monarchs 30
SGB Championship

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) closed their home league season last night with a vital double-header against their two Sottish rivals, first the Edinburgh "Staggs Bar" Monarchs followed by the Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers with all three team still mathematically capable of gaining a top four, play off place, so it was all to play for, but the Bandits excelled and took all six league points in two highly charged meetings which saw Berwick rise to fifth place in the league table.

The first three heats, completed at breakneck speed saw the Bandits lead 11-7, but the action came at the first running of the third when Josh Pickering got into bother on the opening bend falling into the fence, but with an all four back called, Pickering made the second running and won it from the gate with ease over Tomas H. Jonasson and Kevin Doolan as Ricky Wells retired on the third lap.

Three more races and the scores had moved on to 30-12, but it was the Bandits' guest who excelled in Heat six when he missed the gate entirely but hit his gas at speed and roared round William Lawson off bend four of the last lap, and then took Cameron Heeps too on the last lap to bring the house down.

Doolan made a spectacular pass of Heeps off bend four of the first lap of Heat Nine to take second behind tactical Substitute Masters in a Monarchs' 2-4, the same score as Heat 10 with Wells finding his form to win well over Gappmaier before chaos reigned at the start of Heat 11 when both Masters and Sarjeant were excluded for missing the two minute allowance with Masters going off the 15 metre mark and Connor Coles taking a reserve ride in the Garcia/Etheridge 5-1 moving the scores on to 44-22, and a Berwick win in the bag with four races to go.

Etheridge took the passes of the night in Heat 13 riding the wide line round Masters and Heeps to take up a huge win in the 4-2, and with Wells gating well in the 14th over Garcia and Doolan that 3-3 share took the score to 56-28 with one race remaining for their biggest win of the 2019 campaign.

Individual Scores:

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 60

1 Ben Barker (guest) 2,2*,0,1 = 5+1
2 Dany Gappmaier 1*,3,3,2,1 = 10+1
3 Tomas H. Jonasson 2,2*,0,2* = 6+2
4 Kevin Doolan (c) 1*,3,2,2 = 8+1
5 Jye Etheridge 3,2*,3,3,3 = 14+1
6 Coty Garcia (r) 2*,3,2*,1* = 8+3
7 Leon Flint (r) 3,1,2*,3 = 9+1

Edinburgh "Staggs Bar" Monarchs 30

1 Sam Masters 3,1,3,1,2,2 = 12
2 James Sarjeant R,R,1,N2 = 1
3 Josh Pickering 3,0,1,1,X = 5
4 Ricky Wells (c) R,1,3,3 = 7
5 Cameron Heeps 2,1,1,R = 4
6 William Lawson (r) 1,0,0,Ts,0 = 1
7 Connor Coles (r) 0,0,N,0,0 = 0

MATCH TWO

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 48
Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 41
SGB Championship

The second meeting of the night started with another shared 3-3 (as match one had) as Craig Cook stormed from the gate to defeat both Barker and Gappmaier before Garcia took the second as Flint became boxed in on the inside line and ended up at the back but managed to scrape a third over Connor Bailey moving the score on to 7-5.

However Sam Jensen fell on the third bend of Heat Three with Tomas H. Jonasson laying down rapidly, but hurt himself in the process, but did make the re-run in which Jonasson fell on the first bend again to be excluded with Claus Vissing taking the win third time out over Doolan in a 2-3 taking the score to 9-8.

Glasgow took the lead in Heat Four with a 2-4 led by Rasmus Jensen but following two 3-3s, Etheridge jetted away to win Heat Seven as Garcia squeezed his way from the back between Vissing and Sam Jensen to hit home a 5-1 putting Berwick into a 22-19 lead, which went up to 27-20 after Gappmaier and Garcia took the five over Mikkel B. Andersen.

Cook came in as a tactical substitute in eat Nine and on well with Rasmus Jensen sneaking a second place over Jonasson narrowing Berwick's lead to 28-25, while a Vissing three points in Heat 12 over Jonasson hit home another Tiger's 2-4 and with three races to go the score was 37-34 with everything to play for.

A stunning pair of gates from Doolan and Garcia sent the pair jetting ahead of Sam Jensen to take a solid 5-1 and secure the win with the score with one to go at 45-38 to round off a brilliant night's work, however with Glasgow still close enough to nick one league point, Heat 15 proved to be a real pressure cooker.

Etheridge was away on lap one with Cook in hot pursuit, but coming down the home straight at high speed, the Tigers' number one took a dive deep under Etheridge entering the first bend and unfortunately the great battle ended as Etheridge's left leg and front wheel were whipped from under him sending him banging into the foam fence.

The race was stopped with the referee excluding Cook for, to quote: "unfair riding" although Etheridge was visibly annoyed by his opponents move, but clamed down as he made his return to pits, where it also became apparent he had picked up a mild injury and unable to take his place in the three-man re-run as Barker took his place, but it was Vissing who stormed the win for three points, but three wasn't enough for Glasgow to take that one point, as they too left pointless.

Bandits' team boss Gary Flint said: "We all know we cannot afford to lose any more league points if we are to cling to our slim chance of a play- off place and we rode with that determination that shows if we do make the title play offs, the rest had better watch out, however we will be going to Birmingham on Wednesday looking for all four points that night and indeed in the restaging of the outstanding Championship match up at Glasgow, which we hope will be sorted sooner than later."

Individual Scores:

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 48

1 Ben Barker (guest) 2,1*,0,2,1* = 6+2
2 Dany Gappmaier 1*,2,3,3,2 = 11+1
3 Tomas H. Jonasson Fx,2,1,2 = 5
4 Kevin Doolan (c) 2,1*,0,3 = 6+1
5 Jye Etheridge 2,3,3,1*,FN = 9+1
6 Coty Garcia (r) 3,2*,2*,1,2* = 10+3
7 Leon Flint (r) 1,0,N,0 = 1

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 41

1 Craig Cook (c) 3,3,3,2,3,X = 14
2 Mikkel B. Andersen 0,0,1,N = 1
3 Claus Vissing 3,1,2,3,3 = 12
4 Sam Jensen Fx,0,1*,1 = 2+1
5 Rasmus Jensen 3,3,2*,R = 8
6 Connor Bailey (r) 0,0,Ts,0,N = 0
7 Kyle Bickley (r) 2,1,0,1,0 = 4