Berwick FTS Bandits: 32
Edinburgh Monarchs: 58
Photo Credit: TazMcd Photography
24 hours after a great match up at Edinburgh, the Berwick FTS Bandits welcomed the Monarchs back to Shielfield Park last night again for Championship League points, following the tightly fought 40-50 defeat the night before, so big things were hoped for, however, what a difference a day makes.
Matthew Wethers of Newcastle was guesting for Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, who had suffered a bad reaction to his Covid-19 jab, while Drew Kemp (a 3* rising star) was in for Edinburgh’s Joe Lawlor (a 2* rising star) who was self-isolating, but the writing was on the wall from the off as the Bandits found themselves down 3-9 after Heat Two, but with Kasper Andersen out, making his home debut, in Heat Three, hopes were high, but he tangled with William Lawson, the Monarch falling, stopping the race with Andersen’s exclusion, and in the re-run it was an easy Monarch’s 1-5 pushing their lead to 4-14,
Heat Four saw Richie Worrall and Kye Thompson jet away ahead of Wethers and Kyle Bickley for another 1-5, and Berwick were now shockingly 5-19 down, and following a Sam Masters led Heat Five 2-4 over Summers who had passed Nathan Greaves, Heat Six was the start of the Berwick comeback won from the gate by Dany Gappmaier over Jye Etheridge who held Worrall out to the end in a welcome 5-1 taking the score to 12-24.
What was looking like a Monarchs’ 1-5 in Heat Seven was pegged back to a 3-3 after both Leon Flint (suffering badly from hay fever) and Wethers flew round Lawson off bend two, the scores now still 12 points apart, Berwick trailing 15-27.
Thompson rolled into the tapes at the start of Heat Eight and replaced by Kemp in the re-run, which he won well over Gappmaier in a Monarchs’ 2-4 while Heat Nine saw Worrall race off into the sunset well ahead of Gappmaier and Summers to share the heat, as was Heat 10 when Lawson found his way round Gappmaier with the score, with five races to go, now 23-37.
The killer blow came in Heat 11 won expertly by Greaves over his partner Masters in a decisive 1-5 over Wethers taking the score to 24-42 ending Berwick’s chances and giving Edinburgh a deserved four league points, and with Edinburgh recording two more 1-5s in the last four races to turn the screw hard and make Berwick squeal.
Team manager Gary Flint said: “Tonight was one to forget but learn from too as we know we’re a far better side than the one who lost pretty badly tonight. We know what we can do, and we know from Friday night what a class act our new Bandit, Kasper Andersen is, so we move forward, and I can guarantee upwards as well. To be fair Edinburgh also were on top form, and I honestly don’t think we were as bad as it looked, but if you have an off night against a team firing on all cylinders with turbo-injection you’ll suffer.”
Individual Riders’ Score Chart:
Berwick FTS Bandits 32
Jye Etheridge 0,2*,1*,1 = 4+1
Dany Gappmaier 2,3,2,2,2,0 = 11
Kasper Andersen X,0,Ts,2 = 2
Aaron Summers 1,2,1*,3,1 = 8+1
Matthew Wethers (guest) 1,1*,1,0 = 3+1
Leon Flint (r) F,2,R,0 = 2
Kyle Bickley (r) 1,0,0,1* = 2+1
Edinburgh “What the Fork” Monarchs 58
Sam Masters 3,3,2*,3,3 = 14+1
Nathan Greaves 1,1,1,3 = 6
William Lawson 2*,0,3,R = 5+1
Josh Pickering 3,3,0,1* = 7+1
Richie Worrall 3,1,3,2*,2* = 11+2
Drew Kemp (r) (guest) 2*,0,3,N,3 = 8+1
Kye Thompson (r) 3,2*,E,0,2 = 7+1