Bandits ready to stand and deliver

BERWICK Bandits are back up to a full squad, with team boss Ian Rae having pulled off a major coup in the shock signing of 20-year-old Swedish ace Ludvig Lindgren to fill their line-up gap.

“Ludvig is the younger brother of Grand Prix superstar Freddie Lindgren, and has already represented his country at under-21 level,” explained a delighted Rae last week.

“He has spent the last two years racing against the very best riders in the world every week in the Elite League with Wolverhampton, and we consider ourselves pretty fortunate to have obtained his agreement to line up at Shielfield Park with immediate effect.

“One of the reasons we’ve been able to bring a rider of Ludvig’s ability here is that, unbeknown to us, when he got our invitation he immediately phoned our ace Sebastian Alden to ask about our club – and Seb told him in no uncertain terms just how much he was enjoying himself since becoming a Bandit, and that young Mr Lindgren should get himself up here right away.”

The need for a new Bandit was caused by the horror crash involving Alex Edberg earlier this month.

The good news – unthinkable in the aftermath of his accident – is that 20-year-old Edberg, who was able to spend a couple of hours on leave from his ward and attended Shielfield Park to watch his team-mates in action against Somerset on July 9, was discharged from hospital on Friday.

He will spend time at the home of Bandits’ training officer Ken Marshall, and when well enough to travel locally will head north to stay with club co-owner John Anderson at North Berwick.

Hopefully, Edberg will be well enough to fly home to Sweden by the end of the month.

Last weekend’s Premier League encounter with Workington Comets at Shielfield Park was postponed.

With heavy overnight rain turning into incessant downpours the following day, and a forecast predicting no let-up in the deluge, the management were left with no choice but to call off the evening’s action.

The Bandits return to Shielfield Park on Saturday when Glasgow call on Knock-out Cup duty.