Comets 54 Scunthorpe 35 - victory puts the Comets into the FINAL of the Championship Shield!
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Tue 03 May 2016 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 3rd May 2016.
BERWICK kicked off their 2016 Premier League campaign with an emphatic 60-33 victory at home to Scunthorpe.
However the Bandits' win over the Scorpions may have come at a potential cost.
Team manager Scott Courtney said: “We're concerned that Anders (Mellgren) will have to get his troublesome knee looked at again and only hope it's nothing too serious.
“To start off a league campaign with such a great win was brilliant and all the lads played their part in a well deserved big win.”

EDINBURGH co-promoter John Campbell has revealed his frustration after the Monarchs suffered their third rain-off of the season on Friday.
The Scottish outfit were forced to call off their home clash with Redcar as early as 8am on Friday morning after torrential downpours created a waterlogged track once again.
Said Campbell: “It is never easy to come up with a date for a restaging. Generally you have to consider Elite League fixtures and now, more often than not, matches in Denmark are on a Friday too!”

GLASGOW made it two out of two in the Premier League with a dominant 62-30 victory over Peterborough on Sunday.
Richard Lawson top scored for the Tigers and believes the result is further evidence that they are major title contenders in 2016.
Said Lawson: “Everyone says we've got a strong top four and when we all click, we're going to get big points.”
“It's a real strong side we've got going at the moment; the other teams have got to look at it and take it seriously.”

IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins has challenged his side to “find their consistency” after back-to-back defeats against Somerset.
The Witches went down 48-42 at home on Thursday before being beaten comfortably at the Rebels 61-31.
Said Hawkins: “They (Somerset) are on a crest of a wave and have started the season really well but we haven't performed well enough at all, individually and collectively.
“The boys need to have a think really; see where they are going and focus. They are all very capable and are showing it in glimpses but it's about getting consistency."

NEWCASTLE suffered a 50-40 defeat at Scunthorpe in the first leg of their Premier League Knockout Cup clash on Monday.
Diamonds duo Robert Lambert and Steve Worrall played a key role in boosting their side's chances however, reducing an 18-point deficit to just ten with two 5-1's in the final three races.
The second leg takes place at Brough Park on Sunday, June 5.

PETERBOROUGH chief Ged Rathbone slammed his side as they fell to a heavy 62-30 defeat at Glasgow.
It meant consecutive hefty losses for the Panthers and Rathbone was honest with his verdict.
Said Rathbone: “That sort of performance is not acceptable from professional sportsmen and a lot of riders need to be taking a serious look at themselves.
“We built this team as one we felt was capable of challenging for honours and it is still the team we want.
“But there is no denying we have got to eliminate a hell of a lot of problems, and that needs to happen quickly. If our form doesn't turn round, we will have to make changes.”

PLYMOUTH boss Lee Trigger says he is optimistic his side can produce another home win against Peterborough this Friday.
The Devils opened their Premier League account with a 52-41 victory over Sheffield last week despite being without skipper Kyle Newman.
Said Trigger: “We will go with the same racing order as we had against Sheffield with the rider replacement for Kyle at number two and Sam Simota covering for Kyle at number five.”
“It worked well for us against Sheffield and I am sure it will do the same against Peterborough.”

REDCAR suffered a complete wash-out with prior to the Bank Holiday with three matches in four days rained off. The Bears return to action on May 12 against Plymouth.

RYE HOUSE racer Stuart Robson has praised team-mate Edward Kennett after the Rockets drew 45-45 at home to Workington on Monday.
The Hoddesdon outfit fought back from eight points down to snatch a point and were inspired by Kennett who scored a full five ride maximum.
Said Robson: “He is the anchor man of this team, and we're all chasing his back wheel really.
“He has been fantastic all season, and if he can maintain that consistency then we've got a tremendous foundation. We're are a team through and through, and his success rubs off on us.”

SCUNTHORPE reserve Josh Bailey has praised former Scorpion David Howe for helping him settle into the club.
Howe, who is now a coach at the Eddie Wright Raceway, has been telling the teenager what set-up to run around his home circuit and says his tips are paying off already.
Said Bailey: “In particular, his advice has helped me get out of the start, and that makes a real difference, because I've got enough speed in my bikes and I feel that, if I gate, then I can mix it with anyone.
“The Premier League is a tough league, I don't think I realised how tough it was until I started riding in it, but I'm happy with how it's going so far.”

SHEFFIELD suffered a 52-41 defeat at Plymouth last Friday, despite Kyle Howarth being in sensational form.
The Manchester racer bagged 15+2 but couldn't stop the Tigers slipping to a second successive defeat.
Co-promoter Peter Mole said: “We were outgated and outridden in the first half of the meeting and the late rally couldn't save us.
“It was disappointing, but now we have to move on and go to the next meeting.”

SOMERSET begin their defence of the Knockout Cup when they host Workington on Friday.
The Rebels will be without Rohan Tungate for the meeting due to the Grand Prix qualifier in Denmark, but team boss Garry May is looking to build on impressive wins over Peterborough with another victory against the Comets.
Said May: “The obvious order of the day is to try and build up as big a first leg lead as possible ahead of our return match at Workington a week Saturday.
“I'm not one for setting targets, at the end of the day whether it is a one point or 31 point lead, we'll take whatever hand we are dealt into the second leg.”
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