The Berwick Bandits' 2017 season, full of disastrous turns and injury, took another blow to the gut when it emerged that top new signing, Dane Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen is out for the season after a heavy third bend fall at Shielfield Park on Saturday suffering a shoulder injury, just in time for the Bandits trip to the Redcar Bears tonight in the SGB Championship.
Berwick Speedway's luck has... As if it were possible... Diced further into the mire as the club have explained in a statement, which reads:
"We're not sure if we have run over a few black cats or walked under the odd ladder without noticing but we regret to inform you that our spectacular new Danish signing will miss the rest of the season with shoulder damage after that frightening Heat 4 crash on Saturday vs the Sheffield Tigers.
"Nikolaj bravely bartled on throughout the night but was checked out afterwards and ruled out.
Thankfully for the Berwick Bandits' new management team, the crowds are still looking healthy despite a basement league position and an injury list that reads like a Bandits' Who's Who of 2017, and that has to be down to the phenomenal team spirit the lads in the Black and Gold race jackets and certainly not least that there's rarely been a poor match all year with the racing on many occasions, set at fever pitch with brilliant passing moves and thrills to get the fans to their feet.
On Tweedside the Bandits welcome the Sheffield Tigers to Shielfield Park tonight at 7.00pm, for the first battle between the sides in the Borders this year, but with the Tigers riding high after their 60-33 drubbing of Newcastle in South Yorkshire on Thursday, Berwick have their work cut out.
Berwick have won seldom few home league encounters this season to date, although the level of top class racing excitement has helped in keeping crowd levels healthy, and it's pretty much assured tonight will again see the best of action with Sheffield bristling with talent.
Danish superstar Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen has agreed to join the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) for.the remainder of the 2017 SGB Championship season pending the usual BSPA approval.
Nikolaj joins the Bandits on loan from Rye House and has an impressive record around Shielfield Park racing for the Rockets and the Peterborough Panthers in past seasons taking good points.
Pre-GP Friday night is SGB Championship Pairs night in the UK and with the inclement weather forecast, the Somerset Rebels' management have had their track covered since Thursday afternoon.
As has been proven here at Berwick on numerous occasions, track covers can save meetings threatened with rain and it's hoped that this system, making it's debut at the Somerset track will do the job as well as has been seen at Shielfield Park.
After the 42-all draw that had a bit of everything on Saturday night the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) go north west to visit the Glasgow "Allied Vehicles Tigers" (at 3.00pm) in the return of the feisty, and wet, SGB Championship match at Shielfield Park.
Thankfully the weather forecast for Clydeside is good with no expected issues with the soggy stuff from the sky, with the Bandits determined to show they are capable of holding the Tigers on their own shale after a spirited Saturday night.
Saturday night at seven sees the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) return home after their spirited match at Sheffield on Thursday full of belief that they are capable of putting one over the Glasgow Tigers (currently third in the SGB Championship league table, who they held well in the early stages of their last Borders' battle back in April before just losing out 44-46 and now feel that extra step in within their grasp.
The Berwick Bandits take to their travels once again for this evening's SGB Championship at the Sheffield Tigers for the second time this 2017 season, and have a lot of catching up to do as way back in April the Borderers went down 30-61.
Ok, so Berwick lost to Ipswich 45-47, but the Berwick public left Shielfield Park on Saturday night exhausted having seen a superb speedway event that started at a snails-pace, boiling over to fever pitch come Heat 15 with the old adage "Speedway was the winner" more apt after that match than any other.