Comets and Bandits go head to head
Photo by Dave PayneSat 11 Oct 2014
This weekend sees the Comets take on the Berwick Bandits twice in two days.
The Comets travel over to Berwick's Shielfield Park today for their away play-off fixture, but with both clubs now out of the play-offs they are only playing for pride in that competition now that Edinburgh have booked there place in the final (where they will take on Somerset).
But, tonight's fixture also counts as the first leg of the Border Trophy, which will be awarded to the aggregate points winners over this weekend's two fixtures.
This was first contested back in 1970 and was a regular feature in the fixture list for many years. Then, when the Comets made a track return in 1999 it was raced for again before slipping out of the schedules for several seasons, but now it is back and the old rivalry to win the trophy is sure to be as fierce as ever.
Workington go into tonight's away fixture at full strength with the exception of their number one Josh Grajczonek, who is replaced by a more than capable guest in Peterborough's ex-Comet Ulrich Ostergaard.
Meanwhile the Bandits only change is that they will be operating Rider Replacement at number one tonight for Czech rider Matej Kus, who is away competing in the second and final round of the Czech National Championship. However Kus will be back in the UK in time to take his place in the Bandits line-up for tomorrow evening's second leg at Derwent Park, which starts at 7:30pm.
The action at Berwick gets underway at 7:00pm this evening and the Bandits report that a dry day is forecast so let's hope for a great weekend of speedway.
Comets co-promoter and team manager Tony Jackson said: "While it is very disappointing to be out of the play-offs before the Comets and the Bandits have even had a chance to race each other, and I think I speak for the Bandits management on that issue too; we are pleased that the revival of the Border Trophy at least gives our two clubs something extra to race for and adds an extra bit of interest to this weekend's two play-off matches.
"Having started the year by winning the Ian Thomas Shield from Newcastle, it would be nice to finish the year with a further trophy by claiming success over another of our northern rivals. But, as all previous clashes between the two sides have shown, it won't be easy!"
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Last Updated : Sat 11 Oct 2014, 11:15 UK