Berwick Bandits 55 Ipswich Witches 39
BERWICK Bandits were on a solid mission of revenge on Saturday night against their guests the Ipswich Witches, the team that turfed the Bandits out of the Knockout Cup by a massive margin two months ago, and shot off to the perfect start with former Witch Kevin Doolan taking the win for the Bandits in a solid 5-1.
Byron Bekker fell on the second bend of the last lap in Heat Two whilst his team mate Taylor Poole bailed out on the first bend of the last lap in Heat Three to stop the race, but like the previous race was a 3-3 share, this time awarded by the referee taking the score to 11-7.
Micky Dyer rode a brilliant Heat Four, charging hard behind Rohan Tungate, making one aborted attempt to pass him on the second lap before jetting hard round the Ipswich man one lap later to take a great second place in the home 5-1 to send the Bandits 16-8 up.
Robin Aspegren and Doolan took wins in the next two races, both 3-3s before Seb Alden made a rocket-powered gate in Heat Seven to jet away for the three points but behind Klaus Jakobsen was left floundering well to the rear in yet another 3-3 taking the score on to 25-17.
Dakota North spun coming out of bend two on the opening lap of Heat Eight and faced the oncoming traffic as Bellego found him self heading right for the out of control Witch, colliding with him and sending both cart-wheeling onto the track with both requiring the attention of the medical staff.
Both riders eventually walked back to the pits with Bellego rebuilding his bike completely and took his part in the re-run but North was withdrawn with a damaged wrist.
In the re-run Dyer took a big lead but amazingly despite the previous impact Bellego held on to second brilliantly for a Bandits 5-1 to lead 30-18 leading to Mat Tresarrieu coming out as a tactical ride in Heat Nine for double points, but could only muster four as Aspegren took the win in fine style in the Ipswich 3-5.
It was tactical time again in Heat 11 with Leigh Lanham doing the dash for double points and made a brilliant gate to lead but Alden shot hard under the Witch to again restrict the doubled points to four in another 3-5 result but the Bandits still led well 41-29.
Tresarrieu and Poole looked set to take a visitors maximum in Heat 13, but Barrett found his throttle hand coming off bend two to shoot hard under the Witches’ Aussie to reduce their advantage to 2-4 taking the score to 43-33.
Alden’s supremacy continued in Heat 13 as he marched steadily on to another massive win over his partner Doolan to seal the Bandits win on the night with another decisive maximum.
Team manager Ian Rae said: “To get a win tonight was very satisfying, but as it was over Ipswich who took us apart in the Cup it was especially sweet as we all rode brilliantly to take the deserved success.”