In our sights this weekend

Published on 21st June 2024
Author George Dodds

Tonight @Ashfield, 7.30pm, Glasgow Tigers v Jewson Bandits

Tomorrow @Shielfield Park, 7pm, Jewson Bandits v Glasgow Tigers

Jack Smith is in his third spell as a Tiger (Ian Adam)

There’s one new face in the opposition from the Jewson Bandits’, powered by Keenwood Karpets, early-season battles with the Tigers of Glasgow.

Jack Smith returned for his third spell in stripes when Lee Complin’s failed drugs test before the BSN Series clash of the sides at Shielfield Park in April was confirmed along with a 20-month suspension.

He’s been to Shielfield Park already this season, guesting for Scunthorpe in the KO Cup, an evening remembered mostly for his spectacular clutch burnout at the start of heat 12, a frank exchange of views with our starting marshal Andrew Blair and a subsequent fine from referee Willie Dishington.

This weekend is very much a battle of the “old boys” as Glasgow’s starting line-up includes four former Bandits and an ex-Bullet while we have two ex-Tigers and one who has guested for them earlier this season.

Only Steve Worrall and James Pearson have not been Berwick regulars in their careers so far and the Tigers have won 13 of the last 15 encounters between the sides.

Lewi Kerr inspired us to that 48-42 BSN win – beating Chris Harris three times on a never to be forgotten night – but he was sidelined by injury when the Tigers, inspired by a match-winning 13 points from guest Claus Vissing, gained revenge and the aggregate point by winning 50-40 at Ashfield.

Leon during SGP2 practice at Malilla (Taylor Lanning)

Vissing replaced Leon Flint that night but the Berwick asset is back for this weekend just seven days after his impressive debut as a full-time SGP2 rider in Malilla.

Chris Harris is in vintage form while Paul Starke has found the going tough but is still capable of popping out of the gate and getting among the points as he showed while guesting for the Bandits at Scunthorpe and Plymouth recently.

Danyon Hume will be hoping to put some indifferent away form behind him on one of his former tracks while Drew Kemp showed his liking for Ashfield with three impressive race wins in the BSN meeting.

Sam Hagon was a relaxed – and successful visitor – paid 12 points – to Shielfield back in May (Taylor Lanning)

Teenager Sam Hagon is in the form of his fledgling career with a 12-point haul in Poole’s Super Heat defeat at Oxford on Wednesday night the latest eye-opening performance.

He was in action for Leicester at Ipswich in the Premiership last night and the Bandits will be hoping that the likeable Essex boy can take it to the Tigers.

German Erik Riss has been a steady scorer at Ashfield for both Redcar and Edinburgh over the years but he has a very impressive record at Shielfield with a string of double figure scores while Jason Garrad, standing in for Great Britain’s Freddy Hodder, will make his Ashfield debut and rode just once at Shielfield Park, guesting for the Bullets against Monarchs Academy last season.

Both teams need the points desperately to kick-start their season.

Berwick fans unable to travel to Ashfield tonight will have to rely on the old grapevine as the Tigers are the only Championship club not to livestream their meetings. Saturday’s meeting at Shielfield Park will be covered by BSN but tickets are available at a discounted price of £18 until midnight tonight. E-tickets and cash admission tomorrow is £20 (£18 concessions). Visiting fans should note that there is no admission via debit of credit card payments. Buy tickets

Just a reminder that the annual collection for the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund during the interval on Saturday night.

Bandits: Lewi Kerr, Danyon Hume, Erik Riss (Jye Etheridge on Saturday), Drew Kemp, Jye Etheridge (Erik Riss on Saturday), Jason Garrad, Sam Hagon

Tigers: Chris Harris, Paul Starke, , Leon Flint, James Pearson, Steve Worrall, Jack Smith, Ace Pijper

Referees: Jim McGregor (Friday), Gary Allen (Saturday)

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George Dodds
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