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Tue 31 Mar 2015 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 31st March 2015
BERWICK number one Ben Barker suffered broken bones in his left hand during the Bandits' 52-38 home win over Newcastle.
The 27-year-old won his opening three races before crashing out of his fourth ride to deal the Shielfield Park outfit a major blow ahead of this weekend's League Cup clashes against rivals Glasgow.
Barker has been advised it could take up to four weeks to recover from, but both he and the club are looking at an earlier return.
Team Manager John Anderson said: “To have Ben crash out of the meeting was a devastating blow to us all.
“We took a good win and it showed our side to have good strength from top to bottom which should get us some decent results this season.”

EDINBURGH are looking to claw back a six point deficit when they host rivals Glasgow in the 2nd Leg of the Spring Trophy this Friday.
The Monarchs were on the wrong end of a 36-30 scoreline when the first leg was abandoned after 11 heats on Sunday.
But 2015 skipper Craig Cook believes his side can win overall and have another successful campaign.
Said Cook: “We've got a good bunch of riders this year and it's a pleasure to be captain – I think we can do very well again.”

GLASGOW got their new era off to the best possible start by beating local rivals Edinburgh 36-30 at the new-look Peugeot Ashfield Stadium.
The Tigers managed to erase last year's defeats by the Monarchs firmly out of their memory and came away with a six point lead from the first leg of the Spring Trophy from a meeting that was affected by rain and abandoned after 11 races.
Reserve James Sarjeant is already enjoying life with the Tigers. He said: “The stadium is amazing now – it's what every track needs, a makeover.
“What they've done here is brilliant and I just want to pay them back by scoring some points.”

IPSWICH will be looking to pick up their first win of the year when they go head-to-head with Peterborough twice this Friday.
The Witches host the Panthers at Foxhall on the afternoon (2pm) before travelling straight to the East of England Showground for the away fixture on the night (7.30pm).
Both are League Cup meetings and after losing narrowly to Rye House in last week's opener, the Witches will be looking to capitalise on Peterborough's current injury problems to pick up their first maximum three points of the season.

NEWCASTLE Team Manager George English says he was “satisfied” with his side's first meeting of the 2015 season – despite suffering a 14 point defeat.
The Diamonds went down 52-38 away at Berwick on Saturday in the first leg of the Tyne-Tweed Trophy.
The second leg on Sunday was postponed, meaning the Diamonds now have just two warm-up meetings left, both against Workington this coming weekend, before their League Cup campaign gets underway on April 9.
“I'm satisfied with what I have seen – we had a few problems with various things but that's what these meetings are for,” said English.

PETERBOROUGH Team Manager Carl Johnson described his side's luck as “laughable” as the Panthers suffered a second successive home defeat and yet another rider injury.
The Panthers went down 51-40 to Rye House in the League Cup on Friday and also lost number one Olly Allen with a serious ankle injury after a crash in heat six.
This comes less than two weeks after having to change their team plans following Adam Roynon's injuries suffered in the club's season opener.
Johnson admits it's been a frustrating start to the season but says things need to turn around quickly.
“We have to address our home form because being beaten twice at the Showground in the space of a few days is unacceptable despite the problems we've had,” said Johnson.
“We owe it to the management who worked so hard during the winter and to our supporters to be getting results on our own track.
“I've never experienced anything like it and hopefully it will change.”

PLYMOUTH suffered a rain-off in their first meeting of the season as the Spring Classic meeting fell victim to the weather last Saturday.
The Devils will hope to get their campaign going this weekend with home and away League Cup clashes against Somerset, with the St Boniface Arena opener set for Saturday.

REDCAR Team Manager Jitendra Duffill admitted his side's season got off to the worst start possible – but is refusing to panic after “just one meeting.”
The Bears crashed to a 56-36 home defeat in the first leg of the A66 Trophy Challenge against Workington last Thursday.
Speaking to The Gazette, Duffill said: “We got a really good beating on Thursday – it's not nice to get beaten at home and especially to get beaten by so many.
“It was a tough start but we're not going to press the panic button just yet – it was the first meeting of the season.
“There were some bright spots but certainly we've got a lot of work to do and we need to do a lot better than that.”

RYE HOUSE continued their perfect start to the 2015 campaign with a comprehensive 54-37 victory over Somerset on Saturday night.
The win meant that the Rockets have won all three of their League Cup meetings so far.
Danish rider Nikolaj Busk Jakbosen dropped just one point from five rides (14) and is settling into life at Hoddesdon already.
“The team spirit so far is unbelievable,” he said.
“We are talking together, working together, and helping each other out whenever we can – I'm really enjoying everything about this club so far.
“I've been able to dial into this track early on, and it suits me really well.”

SCUNTHORPE Team Manager Dave Peet is remaining upbeat despite his side slipping to a heavy 57-35 defeat away at Sheffield on Thursday.
It was a tough night for the Scorpions who won just three of the 15 heats in their first meeting of the season, but Peet says there were lots of positives to be taken from the defeat.
“I was very encouraged by our team spirit, because it was the first time this unit of riders has rode together, he said.
“It's a marathon, not a sprint, and I've seen that our side has a great deal of potential.”

SHEFFIELD new boy Arthur Sissis has praised his fellow riders after a comprehensive victory in their team season opener on Thursday.
The Tigers romped to a 57-35 League Cup victory at Owlerton against rivals Scunthorpe.
Sissis, who was making his debut, was encouraged by what he saw and believes it bodes well for the season ahead.
He said: “It was a great performance from all the boys and it was a good way to start the season for us.
“Everyone looked so confident and were scoring points – it's great to have a team around me where everyone can contribute like that, so things are looking good.”

SOMERSET are hopeful that Charles Wright will be back in their line-up for the Rebels' first home League Cup meeting of the season this Friday.
The 26-year-old suffered a dislocated finger during last week's challenge meeting against Elite League Champions Poole.
Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “The finger looked really bad and we feared the worse but, thankfully, it transpired that there were no broken bones and the hospital were able to put his finger back in place.
“Unfortunately, it did mean that Charles had to sit out our match at Rye House the following evening, but we are very hopeful that he will be sufficiently recovered to return to the side for our weekend West Country matches against Plymouth.”
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