Thrills and spills give Bandits a speedy win; SPEEDWAY.
Byline: Lawrence Heppell
BERWICK BANDITS 58 EASTBOURNE EAGLES 32 FOR the first time in 23 years, the Bandits enjoyed a home league match with the Eastbourne Eagles last night, with former number one Nick Morris guesting for the Eagles' banned Edward Kennett.
Alfie Bowtell fell in the second race when battling with Flint on the third lap, so the result was awarded a home 5-1. This was followed by two shared 3-3s before Morris and Doolan battled hard in Heat Five, the Eagle's guest pulling ahead to win in another shared 3-3, taking the score to 17-13.
Berwick moved two more points ahead after a Heat Six, and with the 3-3 in Heat Seven, won well by Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen over Lewis Kerr, the scores settled at 24-18.
The Eagles drafted in Morris as a tactical substitute in Heat Nine for Bowtell, but he fell on the second lap as Gappmaier whipped under Lawson to take a superb win.
Newman and Flint had a great early battle in Heat 12, the Eastbourne man pulling ahead for second behind Gappmaier in another Berwick 4-2 to take them into a winning position with three heats to go.
Heat 15 came to an astonishing halt as Lawson lifted coming off bend two, bunching up the chasing pack and resulting in a high-speed clash of Etheridge, Busk Jakobsen and Morris.
The two Bandits locked together and skidded out of control on to the infield, coming to a halt 100 metres from the initial incident.
Neither was fit to take for the re-run, nor was Morris, and Lawson was excluded, so Berwick brought in Garcia and Flint, as Eastbourne brought in Kerr. Garcia and Flint took the easy 5-1 ending the night at 58-32. Berwick: Aaron Summers 8+1, Jye Etheridge 7, Dany Gappmaier 7+1, Kevin Doolan (captain) 8+1, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 9+1, Coty Garcia 10+1, Leon Flint 9+3 Eastbourne: Nick Morris (Guest) 11, Georgie Wood 0, Kyle Newman 5+2, Lewis Kerr 6, Richard Lawson (captain) 7, Alfie Bowtell 0, Jason Edwards 3