Bandits' on a Bear hunt tonight
The Berwick "KLS" Bandits (powered by Mike Hope of Wooler) who are enjoying a decent season to date and are currently sitting equal top of the SGB Championship table, travel to the Redcar Bears who are at the moment at the bottom of the league in search of more league points at 7.30pm.
The Bears are undoubtedly the most unlucky side of 2018 with injuries and poor form hitting their chances, but in the last couple of weeks have made a number of changes, dropping Theo Pijper (who made a triumphant return to the Bandits last weekend) and Matej Kus, and also have Tobias Busch and Ben Barker out injured.
Making their debuts for the Bears against the Bandits will be two former Bandits in Thomas Jorgensen as well as talented young French prospect Dimitri Bergé, joined by rising British star Nathan Greaves. Bergé comes in to replace Matej Kus, who has struggled to recapture the form he showed when last racing in the UK whilst Greaves replaces Tobias Busch, who has a hand injury, on a 28 day contract.
The Bears' manager, Jitendra Duffill said of the state of affairs: "Bringing in Thomas and Dimitri gives us the two heat leaders that we have been missing so far this year and our side now has a much better balance to it. We have a lot of work to do from here and although it will be very difficult for us to push for a play off place, that doesn’t mean that we should give up and I hope this proves to our supporters that we are doing our best to put things right starting with these Bandits tonight!”
Scott Courtney, Berwick's boss is looking forward to the match, saying: "The Bears have been a team in turmoil, but are starting to get their act together and have two ex-Bandits in now in the form of Jorgensen and Bergé who, on their day can take a good few scalps, but we have a recent Bear, Theo Pijper, who has a few points to prove tonight and will no doubt want to be a thorn in his former team's side. It all adds up to a top match in prospect.
"Our guys are on a crest of a wave right now and with that team spirit, it could carry us far and we'll be going all-out for as good a result tonight as possible, with the fight we showed at Newcastle, we are aiming to go several better. Berwick's a team to be proud of in 2018, and I know they'll al be trying their best to give our fans more to shout about tonight."
Redcar: Ty Proctor (guest), Mikkel B Andersen, Dimitri Bergé, Jonas B Andersen, Thomas Jorgensen, Nathan Greaves, Jordan Stewart
Berwick: Aaron Summers, Kevin Doolan (captain), Jye Etheridge, David Howe, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Dany Gappmaier, Theo Pijper