1 October 2023
The Dirt Xtra
The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so…
Well, if you could sum up things so far this season, there are many words you could use…
Enigmatic, unpredictable, indifferent…. you get the picture.
For the Bandits, that sums them up in a nutshell, however last night against Scunthorpe was much more like it. I wrote in my programme notes for the meeting that there needed to be more aggression from the Bandits, we saw that and although we had a bit of luck on our side, the boys got the job done against Scunthorpe.
Fair play, they dug in deep when they found themselves six points down and, on another night, they may have rolled over and had their bellies tickled, the lads got stuck in and were rewarded with the hardest fought of wins.
Once again, a special mention must go to Connor Coles, who was again superb and the catalyst for the Bandits turnaround. From day one that lad has knocked his pan in and more than justified his inclusion in the team when others casted doubt. Other signs of encouragement came in the form of Rory Schlein and Thomas Jorgensen who both looked much more like the riders we know they can be.
All in all, a pretty decent night at the office and while there is always room for improvement, a win was imperative on the night, so job done for the Bandits.
In other news the Bullets finally got their home league campaign underway against Kent Royals who outside of Ben Morley, really didn’t have much to trouble the home side. A fog curtailed 20-point win was probably going to be closer to a 30 point win had things continue on.
However, with visibility being poor at best the decision to curtail things after 11 heats was probably the correct one. But with that being said, a huge pat on the back must go to all the riders and officials for running the two meetings through so smoothly. It can be done and that was proof of it.
Now, I fully realise that I have been somewhat MIA on here in recent weeks and that is purely because I have had other commitments and truthfully, anything I’ve had to say one speedway has been said in my programme column.
But because we find ourselves in a new month, it generally means a new set of averages which usually means the speedway rider merry go round gets fired up and clubs begin to make changes.
Our opponents last night were quick out the blocks to make changes with long term injury victim Zaine Kennedy and Joe Thomson making way for Max Clegg and Nathan Ablitt. In that particular scenario, Joe Thomson can count himself very unlucky to lose his team place and I dare say it won’t be too long before someone snaps him up.
That won’t be the first or last changes we see made, watch this space.
With a little break in Berwick related action coming up there may not be much to report however there is good news afoot in British Speedway, especially as our good friends at Workington get their league campaign underway after a five-year sabbatical away from the sport.
I for one cannot wait to renew hostilities with the Comets and their fans once more! The hard work that the likes of Andrew Bain and Steve Lawson have put in to turn Northside from a training track to a genuine great facility s nothing short of staggering and I wish them the best of luck.
It just goes to show that once a club closes, anything is possible to be opening the doors again.
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right, I’ll hae’tae gan.