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Workington in League AND Border Trophy this weekend

The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) have a Workington double-bill starting at Shielfield Park tonight at 7, with the return SGB Championship league meeting at Derwent Park tomorrow at 7.30pm but as added spice the two matches will combine for the annual Border Trophy as well for the aggregate victor.

Morris' Magnificent Maximum

Two years and fifty one weeks ago a Bandit (Matej Kus) scored a maximum, a 20+1 paid on against Redcar, and the next one was last night when Nick Morris took a brilliant 17+1 over the Scunthorpe Scorpions in a tight match that was only settled after Heat 14 (some may say for Berwick in 2017 - "That's early!").

It was a match filled with the tightest first bends as demonstrated in the Colin Poole pic above which sees Nick Morris, David Howe, Michael Palm Toft and Josh Auty perfectly at the start of Heat 13 which had the crowd - again - on the edge of their seats.

Scorpions on the attack at Shielfield this weekend

the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) are without their new signing, Nikolaj B.

Bandits ride out of their skins to defeat Panthers

It seems even regular guests are not exempt from the Berwick 2017 bad luck syndrome as young Jack Parkinson-Blackburn ended up in a heap on the first bend, and this after having shown what a great talent he with a massive pass round Simon Lambert off the fourth bend of the third lap in Heat Eight for a top class paid win in a vital 5-1 in a match that had everything and every point counted.

Bandits go for second win over Panthers thia year

The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits powered by Mike Hope of Wooler go for a second victory over the Peterborough Panthers this season against the side they had failed to defeat for the previous 18 seasons when the side arrives in their second of three northern tour fixtures.

SGB Championship Fours today at 2

The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) go into today's SGB Championship Fours at Peterborough with their only four available riders after the unfortunate situations last week which saw another season-ending injury for a brand new Bandit and a frustrating "in-out-back in again" situation that at least does see Berwick (and Scunthorpe) compete in the important national event at 2.00pm.

STARS EVERYWHERE!

Tonight at Berwick the new promotion are carrying on the tradition set by the first owners of the club when the Taylor family ran the first Stars of Tomorrow championship for young up and coming riders in their third year of trading in 1971, with tonight being the 30th staging.

Bandits on the Road to Redcar

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.

Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen out for remainder of 2017

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.

2017 Theme of ghastly luck, loss but fantastic racing continues

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.