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Disappointment as Bandits go home pointless; SPEEDWAY.

Byline: Lawrence Heppell

AN Edinburgh side keen for a win against their most fierce of rivals secured not only that, but left Berwick pointless.

Thomas Jorgensen made one of his trademark fast gate in Heat 4 to roar away ahead of Dan Bewley and Kevin Wolbert, but at the back Liam Carr's bike packed in for a shared 3-3. Jorgensen was back out in Heat Five as the rider replacement for the injured Seb Alden, but despite making another excellent start, drifted frighteningly wide on bend one allowing Erik Riss, Ryan Fisher, and his partner Kevin Doolan past in a home 4-2, and in the sixth race, Jorgensen was out again regaining his Heat Four form taking a big win over a determined Sam Masters who made the Bandit work hard all the way for his three points in a Berwick 2-4 taking the score to 21-15.

The Bandits continued to improve and took a stranglehold on Heat Seven as Theo Pijper roared away to lead well ahead of Wolbert and Max Clegg, but Matty Wethers powered up magnificently to soar past and take second place for a Berwick 1-5, narrowing the gap to 22-20 at the half way stage.

The Riss brothers, Mark and Erik won the next two heats - but with Fisher tucking in behind Erik in the ninth over Jorgensen who had no reply this time, that 5-1 moved Edinburgh's lead to 31-23, an eight-point gap that remained until the 12th race in which Simon Nielsen, Berwick's guest reserve took the win from the gate over Erik Riss and third placed Pijper for an away 2-4. Wolbert hit the front in Heat 13, and with Master team riding brilliantly behind the German, Jorgensen and Doolan were powerless to avoid a match-winning home maximum, and with two races to go the score was 44-34 - too late to use a tactical double ride.

Still 10 down with the final race to go, the Bandits knew they could still take a bonus Premier League point should they manage an unlikely 1-5 in Heat 15, and the tension mounted with Jorgensen being hauled back the first time for jumping the start, and then hit the deck on bend one at the second ask after a scrappy opening with the referee again recalling the race for all four riders to try again.

At the third time of asking Masters did all he needed to to keep all the points in the Monarchs' sack by winning from the gate as Jorgensen and Wethers ducked and weaved behind, but the eventual 10-point defeat left the Bandits pointless.

Team manager Scott Courtney said: "Looking at our scores here over the last 20 years, 50-40 isn't a bad result for us, but as we took the win in the League Cup, to go away tonight with nothing is disappointing."

SCORERS EDINBURGH: Sam Masters 13+1, Mark Riss 5+1, Erik Riss 6, Ryan Fisher 11+1, Kevin Wolbert 8+1, Max Clegg 1, Dan Bewley 6 BERWICK: Kevin Doolan 5+1, Sebastian Alden - Rider replacement, Theo Pijper 8+1, Matthew Wethers 10+3, Thomas Jorgensen 10, Simon Nielsen (guest) 6, Liam Carr 1+1, Kevin Whelan - did not ride

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2016
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