Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears through after Incredible Fightback; Speedway

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears through after Incredible Fightback; Speedway

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Byline: MARTIN NEAL

IF Carlsberg did comebacks, this one would be their top of the range model.

From being 15 points down after seven races and looking unable to turn it around in a month of Thursdays, Redcar Bears produced a fightback of epic proportions.

After a disastrous start and with Matej Kus ruled out with a knee injury after his second ride, they went on to beat Premier League KO Cup opponents Berwick 45-44.

And with a two-point lead in the bag from the first leg, they secured a 91-88 aggregate victory to set up a second round clash with Scunthorpe.

Aaron Summers gave possibly his best performance in a Bears racejacket to record an immaculate 15-point maximum while fellow Aussie Micky Dyer - overworked after Kus's injury and with Mitchell Davey struggling - continued his astounding form with a paid 17 return from seven rides.

Between them Summers and Dyer won six of the last seven races - with Hugh Skidmore taking the chequered flag in the other, as well as the one before that.

But there had been precious little to cheer for the Ecco Finishing Bears fans early on.

They were on a 5-1 in the opening heat when Ulrich Ostergaard was passed by David Bellego before falling and in the re-run the Bandits scored the first of two successive 5-1s to take the lead on aggregate.

Carl Wilkinson fell with the Bears on a 4-2 in heat three and Kus hit the fence heavily and twisted his right knee while trying to hold on to second place.

He was withdrawn from the meeting after leaving the track in an ambulance and is a doubt for Saturday's Premier League opener at Leicester.

In the rerun Davey got out of shape and fell while battling valiantly for the lead, gifting Berwick a 5-0 which put them seemingly in control at 28-13.

With the tactical double rule not applicable in KO Cup matches, it left the Bears with a mountain to climb. But they conquered it in a way that would have made Chris Bonnington proud. …

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