"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.
Last night's opening team match at Shielfield Park, which saw the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) haul back a hard ridden draw with the Newcastle Diamonds is a superbly exciting match.
On Saturday May 18th, 1968 the Newcastle Colts pulled into Shielfield Park to open the first ever season for the brand new Berwick Bandits in a challenge match, and now almost 50 years later, Newcastle Diamonds are back for the Tyne/Tweed Challenge Trophy (1st leg) this Saturday March 25th at 7.00pm.
This Saturday night at seven sees a very special night for the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) when Shielfield Park opens it's door to celebrate the 50th season of speedway in Berwick by staging the Grant Henderson Tankers sponsored 50th Season Spectacular for one of 16 top racers to win individual glory.
Great news for Berwick Bandits' supporters travelling to this Sunday's Ben Fund Bonanza at Glasgow's Peugeot Ashfield Stadium (Tapes up at 2.00pm) is that their hero Ricky Ashworth will be in attendance.