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

Workington Comets 57

Berwick Bandits 36


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hit home another 5-1 in the fifth with Charlie Gjedde in third in a three-man race, as Hynek Stichauer had been withdrawn due to a reaction to his recently dislocated shoulder as the score moved on to 22-8.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