Saturday August 22, 2015
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels put the-previous night’s disappointing loss at Edinburgh behind them in the best possible way with this comprehensive win at Berwick, it representing Somerset 2nd biggest-ever win at Shielfield Park, and one which has moved them up to 3rd place in the Premier League table.

Somerset hit Berwick hard from the off with maximum 5-1 heat advantages in the opening two races, the first seeing Brady Kurtz and Rasmus Jensen combine to set the Rebels on their way, that being followed up with Paul Starke and Ollie Greenwood, who swept around the outside of the Berwick reserve duo on the opening bend, following suite a heat later.

Even without skipper Josh Grajczonek, who was absent with him still feeling the effects of the previous night’s fall in the match at Edinburgh, Somerset kept the pressure up on their hosts and further 4-2 heat advantages courtesy of Richie Worrall and Charles Wright and then Paul Starke and Rasmus Jensen, soon had the Rebels 12 points to the good.

Berwick did cut that lead back to 10 points in heat 5, but it still left them in ‘tactical territory’ and it came as little surprise when the Bandits number 1, Thomas Jorgensen came to the tapes for heat six sporting the black and white helmet colour.

The move was but a partial success however as whilst Jorgensen duly took the race win, the Somerset duo of Richie Worrall and Ollie Greenwood easy snuffed out the early challenge of Berwick’s Fernando Garcia, though the resultant 6-3 heat win did bring the home side back to within 7 points of the Rebels.

That, though, was to be as good as it got for the Bandits as Somerset ruthlessly turned the proverbial screw, they immediately responding with a further 4-2 heat win before Rasmus Jensen and Paul Starke combined for Somerset’s third maximum race win of the night to put the Rebels into a 13 point lead as the match reached its halfway stage.

The second half of the match saw Somerset continue to pile up the points, and 4 successive 4-2 race wins over the course of heat 11 to 14 not only sealed the match in Somerset’s favour, but also ensured that they would be taking the maximum 4 league points away with them, heats 12 and 13 both seeing Charles Wright sweep around the outside of the field to take the lead and continue on to two race wins.

A final heat share of the spoils, Worrall sweeping round the outside of Berwick guest Theo Pijper through the narrowest of gaps to snatch third place from the Dutchman, while ahead of this battle, Brady Kurtz just failed to end the match as it has started by taking the race win, the 18 year old just having to give second best to Berwick’s Jorgensen.

Somerset’s domination was evidenced by the fact that they produced no less that 10 out of the 15 race winners, and the same total of race advantages, on top of which the Rebels only had 2 last place finishes, one of which was Jensen’s retirement with bike problems in heat 5!

“The boys were really disappointed by their performance at Edinburgh last night and wanted to respond in the best possible way not only for the team and themselves, but for the loyal band of fans who have made the long trip the support the team on this Northern Tour, so this win is for those fans,” said Somerset team manager Garry May

“All the boys rode superbly tonight and although the loss of Josh from the match beforehand was an obvious blow, they didn’t let that affect them and went about the match in a totally professional manner, and I think our final margin of victory was a true reflection of the way we dominated the match.”


BERWICK 37: Thomas Jorgensen 13, Theo Pijper 12, Kevin Doolan 9, Richard Hall 2, Fernando Garcia 1, Alex Edberg 0, Claus Vissing r/r.

SOMERSET 56: Richie Worrall 13+2, Brady Kurtz 11, Paul Starke 10+1, Charles Wright 10, Rasmus Jensen 9+1, Oliver Greenwood 3+2, Josh Grajczonek r/r

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