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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Berwick Bandits do double over Workington Comets in Premier Trophy

Berwick Bandits 52 Workington Comets 39: After launching their anniversary season with a challenge match double over Redcar Bears, the Comets have found themselves on the receiving end in the Premier Trophy.

Chris Schramm photo
Chris Schramm

A narrow and exciting one-point home defeat on Good Friday to Berwick Bandits was followed on Saturday night by a more emphatic reversal in the return at Shielfield.

They had gone into the last heat 17 points adrift, and with no bonus point prospects, but at least picked-up a 5-1 in the final race to cut the deficit.

However, Workington’s leading rider on the night Chris Schramm, took a nasty tumble in that concluding action when referee Chris Durno awarded the points.

Andre Compton was clearly winning the race but on the home straight, on the last lap, former Comet Adrian Rymel suffered a puncture in second place and virtually stopped dead.

Schramm was right behind and could not avoid the collision. Although it looked nasty both riders eventually got up and walked off the track, with Rymel disqualified and Schramm taking second spot.

Schramm’s 14-point total included two victories and was also boosted by a four point second spot when he took a tactical ride.

Team manager Ian Thomas said: “Chris did very well and we were all relieved that he walked away from the accident in one piece because it had looked nasty.

“I don’t think there was any doubt that Berwick were the better side on the night and deserved to win but I thought we were unlucky not to get a few more points here and there which would have reduced the eventual thirteen point margin.

“It wasn’t as an exciting meeting as we had witnessed at Derwent Park on Good Friday but there were some good races. We are still very much in the early days of the season and some of our riders are feeling their wa back in.”

The match had started badly for the Comets as Rymel raced away with the first heat and Jade Mudgway powered round both Richard Lawson and Compton, using the dirt on the first couple of bends, to get second and provide the Bandits with an opening 5-1.

Craig Cook and the Branney brothers had a coming together in the reserves race so there had to be a re-run which provided the Comets with their first heat advantage of the eventual four they attained.

John Branney and Cook got away well but Craig Branney got through into second place with Anders Andersen well tailed-off.

Michal Makovsky had a good battle in the third with the Berwick rider getting the advantage in the end while Paul Clews and Peter Kildemand also enjoyed a lively scrap for the minor position, which also went to the Bandit.

Makovsky was out again in the next and again flew the gate. This time it was Craig who won the battle of the Branney’s to give Berwick their second 5-1.

Workington skipper Compton got his first win of the night in the fifth, getting a great start and building on that to beat Berwick’s rider replacement Mudgway, but Lawson was left by Clews to give the home side another heat advantage.

Comets reserve Cook, their hero on Good Friday, showed his potential again in the sixth when he got away from Rymel. Adam Roynon had his best moment when he went round Mudgway in exciting fashion during the second lap to give Workington their second heat advantage.

A 5-1 for the Comets in heat seven pulled them back to 22-20 as Schramm looked impressive and Kildemand followed him home for the heat maximum.

But that was quickly negated by a 5-1 to the Bandits in heat eight. Craig Branney got away best and his partner Mudgway, well behind from the gate, produced a spectacular cut-back to sweep past John Branney and Lawson on the first and second turns.

Heat nine was a disaster for the Comets – a 5-0. Roynon had been excluded after a first lap fall and in the re-run Clews got away, laving Craig Branney and Cook to fight out second spot

There was nothing in it going down the back straight on lap three when both fell. Although the Berwick rider was able to get up and continue to the line, Cook just couldn’t get his bike up and going so had to retire.

Now trailing by eleven points it was tactical ride time and Schramm took the black and white helmet colour to tackle Rymel and Mudgway.

Rymel was a comfortable winner from Schramm, but what could have been a 5-3 for the Comets disappeared when Mudgway came from well off the pace to grab third from Kildemand.

Comets did cut the lead to nine points in the next when Compton raced away to beat Makovsky and Cook for a 4-2.

Only the third shared heat of the meeting came in the twelfth race as Schramm beat Clews and Craig Branney.

But Berwick’s nine point lead grew quickly with successive 5-1’s to the Bandits before Workington gained some late consolation from the awarded 5-1 in the last.

BERWICK BANDITS 52: Adrian Rymel 10+1; Jade Mudgway 7+2; Rider Replacement for Lee Complin; Paul Clews 10+1; Michal Makovsky 13; Anders Andersen 0; Craig Branney 12+4

WORKINGTON COMETS 39: Andre Compton 10; Richard Lawson 1; Chris Schramm 14+1;  Peter Kildemand 3+1; Adam Roynon 1; Craig Cook  5; John Branney 5

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