Bandits and Tigers share the spoils

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AFTER a superb Saturday night clash, in which the Berwick Bandits sneaked an eight-point win over their Glasgow Tigers counterparts at Shielfield Park, Sunday afternoon’s Knock-out Cup quarter-final second leg at Ashfield Stadium was a relatively more mundane affair, writes Lawrence Heppell.

However. it still threw up some moments of good, exciting action.

With the Bandits 9-3 down after two races, Josef Franc shot from the gate in the third to nab a well-earned three points, with Kozza Smith holding out Richard Sweetman beautifully throughout to record a Berwick 2-4, to extend their aggregate lead 52-56.

Franc took Berwick’s second heat victory in race seven, with Smith taking an early second, but James Grieves overhauled the Aussie Bandit on lap three.

Half a lap later, Smith regained the two points and formed a Bandit 1-5 to pull the score to 23-19, with the Berwick side still four-up on aggregate.

Jade Mudgway fell in the eighth and Ludvig Lindgren suffered a badly-timed puncture, grinding to a halt and leaving Michal Rajkowski and Theo Pijper free to take an unopposed 5-0.

The Tigers hit 5-1s in heats nine and 10 while Grieves and Rajkowski took a 4-2 over Alden and Franc in the 10th to stamp the Tigers’ authority on the tie, 38-21, and 79-70 overall.

Berwick’s only other advantage came in heat 15 with Franc taking the flag with ease once more over Grieves, but the match was Glasgow’s with a score of 55-34 and the tie at 96-83.

Berwick’s team manager Ian Rae said afterwards: “We were left lacking tonight, but when you’re up against the top team in the league that’s no great shame, and we wish the Tigers well in their quest for the cup as they certainly added to our entertainment in the first leg on Saturday.”