When the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) travel to the Peterborough Panthers on Friday night in search of SGB Championship league points, it will be 18 years, seven months and 23 days since the last time the Bandits beat the Panthers in any full-team competition, home or away!
Injuries, breakdowns, falls and now illness have been the overwhelming influence on the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) 2017 season so far, and despite getting the "dream-team" line-up in place Berwick were still unable to hit the Workington shale on Saturday night at full strength.
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) have had probably the worst start to a league campaign for many a long year, and with the newly formed promotion desperate to do their best in the club's 50th season, there's no time to lose.
At Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium, Lewis Bridger took to the big wide bowl in search of a place in the British Final, and got off to the perfect start winning the re-run of Heat One from the gate over Carl Wilkinson and Edward Kennett, two former Bandits, while Josh Auty was stuck at the rear.
The beleaguered Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope of Wooler) travel to the Redcar Bears tonight in the SGB Championship nothing short of desperate for getting league points on the board as the currently sit at the base of the table pointless.
In their last outing at Scunthorpe on Sunday, while going heavily down to the Scorpions the manner in which they took their defeat was with determined racing looking on the verge of a breakthrough with their three new Bandits on side.
After the Bandits' away defeat at the Scunthorpe Scorpions team manager Gary Havelock said: "We had a good grip on this match until the latter heats and the guys were showing great spirit, but it soon went wrong but when they confirmed the score at the end of the meeting It was "no way!" couldn't believe it but when you're down more and more sand gets kicked in your face and that's what happened.
Bandits team boss, Gary Havelock is convinced league points are on the way for his beleaguered Bandits who are sitting at the bottom of the SGB Championship, ironically the same position the original Bandits were in 50 season ago, but with his new team in harness the boss can see his team capable of doing well at Scunthorpe today (Sunday) and on Thursday at the powerful-looking Redcar Bears, once last night's awkward night becomes an uncomfortable memory.
It's the biggest weekend of the season so far for the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) as they finally get to unveil their new-look side tonight at Shielfield Park when the Ipswich Witches are the guests in the SGB Championship at 7.00pm.