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Bandits vs. Comets, part one tonight

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Tonight at the Workington Comets' Derwent Park, the Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope of Wooler) engage in the first of two SGB Championship Shield group phase matches with the west coast team in two days, the return being at Shielfield Park tomorrow at 7pm.

The sides have, since the Comets' inception back in the early 1970s, "enjoyed" a very active rivalry which has seen some seriously intense racing over the decades, and come 2018 there's no dilution in either side's desire to put one over on their border adversaries.

Berwick co-promoter and team manager, Scott Courtney is relishing the challenge, saying: "Beating the Comets, home or away, seems to be high on Berwick supporters' wish list and we know we must pull out all the stops to deliver accordingly, and I think with our team has settled really well over the last couple of weeks, despite that blip against Newcastle, and prove that seven guys of similar average who get on like a house on fire, can generate that vital spark of team spirit in the pits that can lift performances and take a few surprise victories.

"Our match against Lakeside was one of those where so many folk had written us off, yet we won and deprived them of a single league point against the odds, which lifted out heads and raised confidence, so with the team riding high, we intend to go over to the west tonight and go for it!

"We have pulled off a number of good wins or well-fought tight defeats on their shale over the years and want to keep that record going, from Heat One to the end, then tomorrow get them back to our place and do likewise, and there's no reason with this level of positivity flying round our pit that we can't go out and do just that."

This weekend sees an adjustment in averages which will see John Lindman drop to reserve and Dany Gappmaier travel the other way into he main body of the team in an otherwise unchanged Berwick seven while the Comets have brought in Bradley Wilson-Dean as a 28-day replacement for the injured Mason Campton, and while Rene Bach misses his home match tonight as he's racing for his Danish club, Esbjerg with rider-replacement being utilised to cover his races.

Bach returns for tomorrow's Shielfield Park clash however Nicolai Klindt will be away from his Comets' birth due to a European Championship engagement in Terenzano, Italy with Workington using rider-replacement once again.

Tonight sees tapes up at 7.30pm while at Berwick tomorrow it 's the traditional 7.00pm.

Tonight's Line-up

Workington: Rene Bach - Rider replacement, Rasmus Jensen, Ty Proctor (captain), Dan Bewley, Nicolai Klindt, Kyle Bickley, Bradley Wilson-Dean

Berwick: Aaron Summers, Kevin Doolan (captain), Dany Gappmaier, David Howe, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, John Lindman, Jye Etheridge