Edinburgh Monarchs
Sam Masters 13+1 (5)
Berwick Bandits
Matthew Wethers 10+3 (6)
Premier League
50
40
Friday 1st July 2016
Armadale Stadium
Edinburgh Monarchs
Team Manager: Alex Harkess
50
1. Sam Masters 3 2 3 2* 3 13 1
2. Mark Riss 2* 0 3 0 5 1
3. Erik Riss 0 1 3 2 6 0
4. Ryan Fisher 3 3 2* 3 0 11 1
5. Kevin Wolbert 1* 1 3 3 8 1
6. Max Clegg 1 0 0 1 0
7. Dan Bewley 3 2 1 0 0 6 0
Berwick Bandits
Team Manager: Scott Courtney
40
1. Kevin Doolan 0 2 2 1* 0 5 1
2. Seb Alden r/r 0 0
3. Theo Pijper 1 2 3 1* 1 8 1
4. Matthew Wethers 1* 2* 2 2 2 1* 10 3
5. Thomas Jorgensen 3 0 3 1 1 2 10 0
6. Simon Nielsen 2 1 0 3 1* 7 1
7. Liam Carr 0 R 0 0 0
Heat 1
Time: 57.1
1. Sam Masters  
3
2. Mark Riss  
2*
1. Kevin Doolan  
0
2. Seb Alden r/r  
3. Theo Pijper
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
5
Away
1
1
Heat 2
Time: 58.7
6. Max Clegg  
1
7. Dan Bewley  
3
6. Simon Nielsen  
2
7. Liam Carr  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
9
Away
2
3
Heat 3
Time: 59.2
3. Erik Riss  
0
4. Ryan Fisher  
3
3. Theo Pijper  
2
4. Matthew Wethers  
1*
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
12
Away
3
6
Heat 4
Time: 58.5
5. Kevin Wolbert  
1*
7. Dan Bewley  
2
5. Thomas Jorgensen  
3
7. Liam Carr  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
15
Away
3
9
Heat 5
Time: 58.8
3. Erik Riss  
1
4. Ryan Fisher  
3
1. Kevin Doolan  
2
2. Seb Alden r/r  
5. Thomas Jorgensen
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
19
Away
2
11
Heat 6
Time: 58.2
1. Sam Masters  
2
2. Mark Riss  
0
5. Thomas Jorgensen  
3
6. Simon Nielsen  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
21
Away
4
15
Heat 7
Time: 59.5
5. Kevin Wolbert  
1
6. Max Clegg  
0
3. Theo Pijper  
3
4. Matthew Wethers  
2*
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
1
22
Away
5
20
Heat 8
Time: 59.0
2. Mark Riss  
3
7. Dan Bewley  
1
2. Seb Alden r/r  
1. Kevin Doolan
2
7. Liam Carr  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
26
Away
2
22
Heat 9
Time: 58.6
3. Erik Riss  
3
4. Ryan Fisher  
2*
5. Thomas Jorgensen  
1
6. Simon Nielsen  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
31
Away
1
23
Heat 10
Time: 58.7
1. Sam Masters  
3
2. Mark Riss  
0
3. Theo Pijper  
1*
4. Matthew Wethers  
2
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
34
Away
3
26
Heat 11
Time: 58.3
5. Kevin Wolbert  
3
6. Max Clegg  
0
1. Kevin Doolan  
1*
2. Seb Alden r/r  
4. Matthew Wethers
2
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
37
Away
3
29
Heat 12
Time: 58.7
3. Erik Riss  
2
7. Dan Bewley  
0
3. Theo Pijper  
1
6. Simon Nielsen  
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
39
Away
4
33
Heat 13
Time: 58.9
1. Sam Masters  
2*
5. Kevin Wolbert  
3
1. Kevin Doolan  
0
5. Thomas Jorgensen  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
44
Away
1
34
Heat 14
Time: 59.6
4. Ryan Fisher  
3
6. Max Clegg  
7. Dan Bewley
0
4. Matthew Wethers  
2
7. Liam Carr  
6. Simon Nielsen
1*
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
47
Away
3
37
Heat 15
Time: 57.6
1. Sam Masters  
3
4. Ryan Fisher  
0
4. Matthew Wethers  
1*
5. Thomas Jorgensen  
2
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
50
Away
3
40

The Border Roofing Monarchs ran out winners by 50-40 against Berwick tonight in a match which was tightly contested throughout. The Bandits played a full part and never gave up.

Alex Harkess said “The team worked so hard tonight, changing setups and helping each other, because the track was unusual and didn’t give us much advantage. It was a good atmosphere.”

The weather leading up to the fixture, and the expectation of rain during the evening, meant that the track was dry in the early stages with the track staff working hard at each grading session to get more grip into the surface.

Monarchs made a good start and went six up after two races, having been perhaps fortunate in the opening race when Sam Masters and Mark Riss collided. Berwick would probably not have been happy with the ‘all four back’ decision.

In the rerun we saw the best ride yet by Mark Riss who held second, then dropped to the back before cutting up the inside back into a paid win position again.

Dan Bewley took heat two with a good outside run, and Max Clegg tried so hard to take second from Nielsen but was thwarted by a lack of grip.

Ryan Fisher showed what excellent form he is in by winning heat 3 but partner erik Riss lost position, seeming to have too much power for the conditions.

Fisher kept that run going but even Sam Masters was beaten by fast-gating Thomas Jorgensen in heat six, and we had an even bigger setback in heat 7 when Theo Pijper gated, and Matthew Wethers brilliantly passed both Monarchs to narrow the gap to 2 points.

Monarchs’ fans were then delighted to see Mark Riss win his first race for Monarchs in heat 8. Erik Riss made his best gate in heat 9, backed by Fisher, to regain the 8-point lead but we still could not relax. Bandits were gating well and in heat 12, Simon Nielsen grabbed their fourth race win from Erik Riss to close the gap to six again.

Heat 13 was the race of the night with Masters trying to protect Wolbert while Thomas Jorgensen made tremendous efforts to split them. On the run to the line Jorgensen did actually get into second for a moment before Masters grabbed it back going over the finish line.

Ryan Fisher completed paid 12 from four with a heat 14 win, so earned a ride alongside the captain in heat 15. Sam won the three-times started heat but unfortunately Ryan has his back mudguard come loose and rub against his wheel, slowing him down.

There were good signs for the home side, with only Max Clegg not really getting amongst the points, but Max didn’t ride badly at all, coming up against the top visiting riders in his heats. He will be given every encouragement to overcome recent setbacks.