Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bandits Aim to End Bogey Team's Run

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bandits Aim to End Bogey Team's Run

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THE Berwick Bandits - still unbeaten at Shielfield Park in their 2009 Premier League campaign - face their bogey men tonight at 7pm.

"Since last we beat the Edinburgh Monarchs - in March of 2007 - we have raced against them no less than 11 times without a win," admitted a Berwick spokesperson.

"We are really charged up for this match, and truly intend to prevent their hoodoo over us extending to a round dozen!

"Edinburgh come here as reigning League Champions, and have already taken a draw here in April - I think this is going to be our toughest test of the season so far, by far.

"We come into this vital encounter on the back of a heavy defeat in the rain at King's Lynn on Wednesday night.

"However, we must pick ourselves up, return to our home-track form and take such positives as we can from a match in which we truly did perform better that the score suggests." An intriguing facet on Saturday will be the match-up of Bandits' young German Frankie Facher - who will be on board his own bikes this week, having been required to ride on borrowed equipment last weekend - and his countryman Max Dilger, who will be making his away-match debut as a Monarch.

"The two youngsters have raced each other often enough in Germany," confirmed Bandits' team manger Dave Peet. "But this is their first head-to-head in Britain - and I'm looking forward to seeing them getting into it!" Peet is still missing colourful Italian star Gino Franchetti, and has invited 24-year-old Luke Priest, the talented star of Mildenhall's National League team, to guest for the F1 Finance Bandits on Saturday. Berwick will also welcome Scunthorpe's Carl Wilkinson who will guest for Josef Franc, back in the Czech Republic for the Czech National Pairs Championship.

Meanwhile, the visiting Monarchs will operate the rider-replacement regulation to cover for Andrew Tully who suffered a broken pelvis in a track crash at Wolverhampton on Monday evening.

The Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering" Diamonds play host to one of the League pace setters when the Sheffield Tigers come to the Newcastle Stadium tomorrow at 6. …

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