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And so the waiting continues.
I believe that I may have mentioned last week that the Bandits were waiting for the Championship’s other sides to get a wiggle on and complete their fixtures.
It would be fair to say that a few of them tried manfully last week … with mixed results.
Workington planned to race three times in four nights. They managed a loss at Redcar, but gained an invaluable point, on Thursday night but two nights later the first instalment of a scheduled Derwent Park back-to-backer against Lakeside and the Bears lasted just two and a bit heats.
It ended disastrously after Dan Bewley and Kyle Howarth had a coming together which ended with the Cumbrian teenager in hospital with a thigh broken in five places, broken arm and broken wrist.
An untimely reminder about how dangerous speedway can be and how one minute you’re surfing the crest of a wave and the next you’re on the operating table.
A sobering thought to say the least and a traumatic night for the Workington promotion too who may have been secretly relieved when the following day’s scheduled visit by Redcar was washed out.
Lakeside – whose home fixture with Newcastle was rained off on Friday – finally completed a meeting when Newcastle dodged the weather for the second successive Sunday and thumped the Hammers.
Elsewhere Edinburgh’s derby with Glasgow went down the drainpipe three days after the Monarchs had become the first team in recent history not to win at Sheffield.
Ipswich lost at home to Peterborough but bounced back with a thumping win at Scunthorpe but, probably more importantly, lost Rory Schlein when the Aussie suffered a season-ending injury while riding for Wolverhampton on Bank Holiday Monday.
So with the play-off qualification cut-off date just over two weeks away the race is still on to get meetings raced.
It’s also odds-on that the success or failure of a number of club’s season will rest on their ability to book in the right guest for the right meeting.
And the one that they all want at the moment is our very own Nicolaj Busk-Jakobsen who in the space of three days turned out for Somerset home and away against Poole and top scored for Leicester at home to Kings Lynn – the last two meetings coming on the same day.
As we discovered at the back end of our season he is a real meeting winner at number seven – if only we had another meeting for him to prove the point.
That comes next Thursday when we Ipswich will unveil who they have booked for the night and we hope to make it third time lucky after two rain-offs in Suffolk.
Before that a coach and many hardy individuals are heading to Sheffield where Kevin Doolan and Aaron Summers fly the Bandits’ flag in the rather clumsily titled Championship Riders’ Individual.
With a number of withdrawals the Banditos may just be worth the odd farthing as a decent outside bet for the podium.
Good luck to them and all who sail after them.
For those of us confined to base it will be another speedway free Saturday but fear not as BBC4 launches its new epic series about the plague ... in Spanish.
Shielfield summertime speedway it is not!