Jonas forced to sit out Leicester

Published on 24th July 2022
Author George Dodds

Both sides have been forced into team changes as the FTS Bandits, powered by Keenwood Karpets, prepare to visit Leicester tonight, the Championship fixture starting at 6pm.

Richard Lawson guests for the home side with number one Nick Morris sidelined after pulling out of the Lions’ visit to Scunthorpe on Friday due to the effects of a migraine.

Connor Coles … battling Greg Blair on Saturday but a Bandit tonight. Picture Keith Hamblin

Berwick will be without Dane Jonas Knudsen due to visa issues caused by a delay at the government department processing  his application. The 20-year-old has proved a big hit since being drafted into the Berwick side but his temporary paperwork expired after Saturday night’s CJL loss to Edinburgh at Shielfield. It had been issued before the Leicester fixture, rained off in June, was rearranged.

In his absence Berwick have booked Scunthorpe’s Connor Coles, who also rides at Beaumont Leys as a member of Leicester’s Lion Cubs. Skipper Chris Harris is due to fly back from France after steering Great Britain to the final of the European Pairs at Macon yesterday which meant that he missed the Bandits’ defeat by Edinburgh.

“Obviously it’s a blow to lose Jonas but Connor goes well around Leicester so he’ll be a good guest,” team manager Gary Flint said.

Leicester can wait for Jonas. Picture Keith Hamblin

“The visa process is complicated at the best of times and currently there are big delays on processing the paperwork. There is nothing we can do but wait although we do hope he will be cleared to race against Glasgow next Saturday.”

Leicester Lions: Richard Lawson, Connor Mountain, Richie Worrall, Dan Thompson, Kyle Howarth, Max Clegg, Joe Thompson

Bandits: Chris Harris, Theo Pijper, Jye Etheridge, Ricky Wells, Leon Flint, Connor Coles, Nathan Stoneman

 

George Dodds
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