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. Jakobsen, injured on his debut and out for the season, and once again rider replacement will cover, but down at reserve there's a very unexpected guest as Bandits' co-promoter, Scott Courtney explains: "Jack Parkinson-Blackburn was guesting for out injured reserve, Lee Payne, last Saturday night and took an almighty slam-dunk into the first bend straight after an amazing tussle, but flying down the home straight his high-tension lead either burned out or snapped and sent him careering down onto the track at high speed.

"It was a terrifying moment, and Jack was very gingerly placed on a back-board with neck brace into a slow-moving ambulance to hospital for exploratory x-rays, but come Sunday, after all the test, he was given the all-clear - apart from the natural bumps and bruises - with amazingly no other ill-effects and that was nothing short of a miraculous escape for the young guy, and tonight - he's back on a bike, guesting for the Bandits, desperately keen to score more good points for us. Truly stunning!

"Otherwise we have our best possible side in a difficult season, led by Nick Morris and ably backed by Kevin Doolan, who looked revitalised last week, and the always- improving David Howe, but the Scorpions are led by Michael Palm Toft who has had some blinders at Shielfield Park over the seasons, and are backed by Lewis Kerr and Ryan Douglas, so how they are at the bottom end, I can't imagine, but then how we're there is a mystery as well!"

Berwick: Nick Morris, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen - Rider replacement, Dany Gappmaier, David Howe, Kevin Doolan (captain), Jye Etheridge, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (guest)

Scunthorpe: Michael Palm Toft (captain), Jake Allen - Rider replacement, Lewis Kerr, Ryan Douglas, Josh Auty, Tero Aarnio, Josh Bailey