Speedway: Bandits stung again as Complin goes out injured

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Scunthorpe Scorpions 48 Berwick Bandits 42


STILL smarting after Thursday’s big defeat at Ipswich the Berwick Bandits went into Friday’s Premier League match at the Scunthorpe Scorpions with a blinkered resolve – to make amends to the fans for the previous disappointment.

An unexpected win in Heat One for Scorpions’ reserve Gary Irving after a bizarre first start in which both Ricky Ashworth and Thomas Jorgensen looked to have barged the taped simultaneously with the referee penalising both, Ashworth off 15 metres and Jorgensen being replaced by the winner Irving in the shared race, but come Heat Two Berwick new boy Klaus Jakobsen jetting away to take a fine win as part of a Bandits’ 2-4 to put the Borderer’s into the lead 5-7.

That advantage was maintained for two more races before David Bellego failed to beat the 2-minute allowance and replaced by Jakobsen, but Nick Morris excelled to win over Ashworth in a home 4-2 that levelled the score 15-15.

The Scorpions took the lead in the sixth when Jorgensen flew like a rocket round Ashworth on the third bend to take a good well deserved win putting the home side two up.

Robin Aspegren fought off some major competition from Josh Auty in Heat Seven who in turn had to fend off some stiff attention from Lee Complin behind in a Bandits’ 2-4 to level the meetings again at 21-all.

The equilibrium remained until Ashworth made the gate in Heat 11 taking a solid three points again after fending off a four lap bombardment from Auty with Bellego similarly giving the Scorpion some stick from third place in a Berwick 2-4 to put them back in the lead 32-34.

Complin was excluded in bizarre and controversial circumstances in Heat 12 when Morris dived hard under him causing the Bandit skipper to high-side it heavily as a result whilst in the re-run the Jakobsen could not compete on level terms as the home side took a lead to be debated long into the night 37-35.

Two expertly constructed 4-2s with big wins for Jorgensen and Michael Palm Toft respectively in Heat’s 13 and 14 sealed success for the home side despite Ashworth taking a huge win in the final race, but with Aspegren falling the six point deficit remained 48-42.