||Last Updated: Apr 17th, 2016 - 09:18:40
On a track, well soaked by a torrential pre-meeting sleet shower, the Berwick Bandits took to the track against the Edinburgh Monarchs, the side Berwick beat on their own shale unexpectedly a week earlier.
The opening two Heats were mundane 2-4 swaps, as riders adapted to the tricky conditions, but Heat Three saw Kevin Doolan chase hard behind Kevin Wolbert throughout in a thrilling four laps, but the 3-3 left the match all square 9-9, but with Master well ahead in the fifth over Doolan with Erik Riss in third the deadlock was broken with a Monarchs' 2-4 putting Edinburgh in to the lead 14-16.
Fisher took advantage of Pijper's false start and made the perfect gate to win Heat Six in another Edinburgh 2-4 doubling the advantage to four points and following a Heat Seven 3-3 Pijper was out again keen to put amends his penalty from the gate on his last outing but it was Riss who made the gate to take the win in another shared heat 3-3 keeping Edinburgh four ahead.
Jorgensen finally mounted a bike that could see the course took Heat 10 with ease, and with Pijper tucking in for second Berwick took a solid 5-1 that again levelled the match 30-30, but with Masters and Riss on a 1-5, Wethers took a heavy fall off the third bend to be excluded from the re-run in which Riss and Masters completed the job in hand with an easy 5-1 pushing Edinburgh four ahead again.
Wolbert and Doolan were involved in a thrilling opening lap, tightly together until the Monarch pulled ahead in a 3-3 that left the match tight, 34-38 with three races to go, but with Jorgensen and Carr becoming entangled with the other riders, the pair hitting the deck, but thankfully both walked back to the pits unharmed.
The re-run however produced another 1-5 to Edinburgh who were now 35-43 ahead with Berwick only capable of taking a draw, should they end the night on two maximums from the last two heats, and come the 14th Pijper passed Etheridge in fine style off the second bend of the opening lap with Wethers doing likewise a lap and a half later to hit home the first 5-1 to take the score to 40-44.
In the initial running of the vital Heat 15 saw Fisher drive wider off the second bend with Doolan on his outside and the Bandit hit the deck, but the referee decided to allow all four back in instead of the expected exclusion for the Monarch.
Doolan picked up a hand injury in the process which needed treatment before the re-run in which Doolan made the gate but ended up at the back as Fisher drove a magnificent pass hard under Pijper off the fourth bend to take the win and take the match for the Monarchs.
Berwick’s team manager Scott Courtney said: “The weather really ruined our show tonight and it meant that gating was all-important and Edinburgh were giving us a lesson in gating, but they also had guys who when out in front were virtually untouchable so they worked hard for their win, as indeed we did when we won up there a week ago.”
Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits 42
Thomas Jorgensen R,R,3,1 = 4
Theo Pijper 2,2,1*,2*,3,2 = 12+2
Kevin Doolan © 2,2,2,2,0 = 8
Anders Mellgren – Rider replacement
Sebastian Alden 2,2,1,E = 5
Matthew Wethers ® 3,1*,0,1*,Fx,2* = 7+3
Liam Carr ® 1,1*,2,1*,1*,0 = 6+3
Kieran Douglas – Did not ride
Edinburgh “Border Roofing” Monarchs 48
Sam Masters © 3,3,2*,3,1 = 12+1
Erik Riss 1,1,3,3 = 8
Kevin Wolbert 3,3,1,3 = 10
Jye Etheridge 0,0,0,1 = 1
Ryan Fisher 3,3,3,2*,3 = 14+1
Max Clegg ® R,0,0,N,0,0 = 0
Dan Bewley ® 2,R,F,N,0,N = 2
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