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Jye broken collarbone and its Glasgow tonight @ 7

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News in this morning has sadly revealed the charismatic young Aussie Jye Etheridge sustained a broken collarbone last night at Glasgow (report below) which has ruled him out of action for the foreseeable future.

Team manager Gary Flint reported into the press office this morning with the disappointing news adding that Jye's absence tonight at home to Glasgow will be covered by rider replacement.

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 56
Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 34
SGB Championship Shield - Borders Group


After a barnstorming weekend last week, the Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting), who took a maximum seven Shield point from Newcastle in back to back home and always, were keen to make a repeat this week, starting at the Glasgow Tigers last night at the Ashfield Stadium, and held the home side well to stay level pegging after five races, 15-15.

Tigers' Craig Cook was out-gated by both Aaron Summers and Kevin Doolan at the start of Heat One, but found the power to pass both Bandits in three bends, before Coty Garcia win Heat Two, fending off the close attentions of Kyle Bickley throughout after the Tiger passed Leon Flint on bend three in a Berwick 2-4, reversed in Heat Three with a win for Rasmus Jensen over Jye Etheridge, although again the Bandits' pair including Dany Gappmaier had gated in a 1-5 formation.

Summers took Heat Five, passing Jensen off bend four, streaking away for the three points as Doolan took third, passing Paul Starke on the latter stages of the race, however Cook and James Sarjeant hit the first maximum of the night in Heat Six, Cook winning well as Garcia tried to pass Sarjeant but fell in doing so on the second lap to concede the 5-1, putting Glasgow four up, which was reduced to two after Etheridge took a great Heat Seven win pressed hard by Claus Vissing until the Tiger fell in a last ditch blast on the last bends giving Berwick the 2-4 taking the score to 22-20.

Sarjeant and Bickley proved they can out-gate the notoriously fast-starting Bandits in Heat Eight to take a 5-1 over Flint and Doolan, the latter giving the home pair real stick for all four laps, widening the home lead to six points, which launched up to 10 after a surprising home maximum from Starke and Jensen over Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and tactical substitute Summers.

Unfortunately going into the interval, Heat 10 saw Sarjeant jet away to lead as Cook was left stone last from the gate only to hit the gas and pass all three other racers, to take up a massive lead in the Glasgow 5-1 who went 37-23 ahead and it was all over for the Berwick lads at the end of Heat 12 in which Garcia went through the tapes, and was replaced by Flint, but in the re-run Jensen took a good win over Gappmaier who was chased hard by Bickley, but at a score of 44-28, the damage was done.

Unfortunately there was still a final drama to play out as Etheridge led heat 14 for three laps before taking the first bend on the final lap too wide and lost the lead to stark, but in trying to regain his three points he just lost out, but was carrying so much speed he went down hard into the fence after the race was complete and needed ambulance attention. Rider replacement covers his rides tonight.

Berwick team manager Gary Flint said: "The spirit was high early on as we took this match by the scruff of the neck and '"ept it tight, especially as this was Glasgow's first match of the season, but they're a good side and it unfortunately it didn't take them long to get up to speed and take advantage, however tonight (Saturday) they're back at our joint and we aim to make amends, although we're using rider replacement to cover Jye as he has broken a collarbone and we wish him well for a speedy recovery!"

The Bandits welcome the Tigers for the return Shield clash tonight at Shielfield Park with the traditional 7.00pm start time.

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 56

Craig Cook (c) 3,3,3,3,3 = 15
James Sarjeatn 0,2*,3,2* = 7+2
Rasmus Jensen 3,2,2*,3,1 = 11+1
Paul Starke 1,0,3,3 = 7
Claus Vissing 3,F,3,2* = 8+1
Luke Chessell (r) 0,0,R,N = 0
Kyle Bickley (r) 2,1,2,2*,1 = 8+1
Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 34

Aaron Summers 1*,3,0,2,0,2 = 8+1
Kevin Doolan (c) 2,1,1,1*,0 = 5+1
Dany Gappmaier 0,1,2,N = 3
Jye Etheridge 2,3,R,2 = 7
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 2,1,1,1 = 5
Coty Garcia (r) 3,F,1,E,1* = 5+1
Leon Flint (r) 1,0,0,0 = 1