Berwick tail off after tracking Comets all the way in Premier battle

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Workington Comets 57

Berwick Bandits 36

PREMIER LEAGUE

FOLLOWING Saturday night’s disappointing rain off at Shielfield Park, both sides were keen to make amends and nab some much-needed Premier League points on Monday night, writes Lawrence Heppell.

However, it was the home side that stormed to an early lead with a solid heat one maximum. Berwick guest, Adam Roynon, a former Comet who left Derwent Park under a cloud early last year, showed his former club what they were missing with a stunning win in heat two in a shared 3-3, to take the score on to 8-4, and with the slower form shown by Tamas Sike, it looked like Roynon could be in for a busy night.

Another 5-1 to Workington, after Kozza Smith was warned for getting a flyer at the tapes, put the Bandits 13-5 down, despite a cracking race between Lee Complin and Peter Kildemand – the Bandit winning the second place in a 4-2.

Workington hit home another 5-1 in the fifth with Charlie Gjedde in third in a three-man race, as Hynek Stichauer had been withdrawn due to a reaction to his recently dislocated shoulder as the score moved on to 22-8.

Roynon came out as a tactical ride in heat six and finished third for a doubled two in a 3-4, but better was to come for the travelling Bandits in the seventh with Josef Franc taking a big win and Smith making the most of the spoils from a titanic battle with Kildemand in a 1-5, tightening the match to 29-20.

However, in heats eight to 10, it all went a bit wrong for the Shielfield men.

43-24 down after heat 11, guest Roynon took another expert win in the 12th over top Czech, Tomas Topinka, and with Smith in third, the Bandits’ 2-4 closed the gap to 45-28, but a heat 13 home 5-1 buried the Bandits’ hopes as Workington went on to a fine home win.