No one can deny that the start to the 2017 season has not been the way the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) would have scripted had they the chance to do so, but the managerial committee are not losing faith, and indeed hopeing the huge home crowds stick with it too.
Berwick's co-owner Scott Courtney was virtually lost for words, saying: "It's a very frustrating time for us at Berwick at the moment. We know the guys can do it, yet for whatever reason things are not happening for us, and as our team manager said on Saturday - It's not good enough at this level."
"The words I want to say would have a bleep machine go into overdrive but we were very, very disappointing tonight although its not because we're not gelling as a team its just we can't gate to save out lives at the moment. At Sheffield I think we only made two gates and tonight wasn't much better and at this level that just ain't good enough.
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) have a busy 48 hours ahead of them with two SGB Championship matches this weekend.
On Saturday they welcome the Edinburgh Monarchs to Tweedside at 7.00pm, while on Sunday the Bandits travel to meet up at the Newcastle Diamonds for the second time in three Sundays at Brough Park at 6.30pm with the Bandits keen to improve on their 35-55 defeat in Byker last month in the Tyne-Tweed Trophy, but will be without the spirited racing of Ryan Blacklock once again.
"I honestly believed this team set up we have would have suited us in this match, but that's that theory blown up tonight." Were the initial words from Berwick's passionate team manager, Gary Havelock when talking about Berwick's 61-30 defeat at Owlerton.
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) travel to the Sheffield Tigers tonight (7.30pm) to open their SGB Championship account and are delighted to take a full-strength side to Owlerton Stadium.
It was a night of mixed emotion at Shielfield Park for the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) as the Bandits' 2017 Ko Cup run came to a 79-101 end to the Ipswich Witches, yet there were so many positives to take.
The track covered, a system developed to a perfect degree last seasn with Scott Courtney leading the way with the massive assistance of Olympus Marquees and the track staff, was at its most effective as heavy rain battered the Border town hours before tapes up.
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) welcome the Ipswich Witches at 7.00pm Saturday April 1st, in their deciding leg of the quarter final (as both received a bye from the first round) at Shielfield Park with the visitors from Suffolk currently holding a solid 30-point lead over their Border hosts after Thursday's first leg.
Lewis Bridger became a hero to his new-found Berwick fans on Sunday at Brough Park in the second leg of the 2017 Tyne Tweed Trophy, taking 12 points, including two amazing victories, his first in Heat Five - albeit awarded - when he was well out in front of Lewis Rose and Ludvig Lindgren, but Dany Gappmaier hit the shale off bend four having gone too wide and was duly excluded, but better was to come for the new number one.