NEWS Wednesday 27th December 2006, 6:32pm

by Mike Hunter

The Scotwaste Monarchs have decided to give local 19 year old rider Andrew Tully his chance in the no. 7 berth of their 2007 side.

It's a chance Andrew has been begging to be given, after a successful multiple trophy-winning campaign with Conference League Scunthorpe in 2006.

In a way it's a fairytale story because Andrew (born in the Isle of Man, living in Bathgate) has come right through from being official club mascot with the Monarchs in the late nineties.

Following that he rode with the Armadale Dale Devils side in 2003-5 and last year was a key man in the Scunthorpe Scorpions team who won all the honours at Conference level. Tully averaged just under 8 for the Scorpions, getting better as the season went on and finishing up as top scorer in the Cup Final against Plymouth.

Monarchs' boss John Campbell says ?Andrew was begging us to give him the chance to race for us and we are happy to do so.

?Although we initially considered more experienced riders such as Aidan Collins, we did that with some reservations as we do believe Andrew's time could be now. He is talented and very, very keen.?

So there are three Scots in the 2007 side, and five different nationalities in total.

THE SCOTWASTE MONARCHS 2007: Ronnie Correy (USA), William Lawson (Scotland), Matthew Wethers (Australia), Henrik Moller (Denmark), Daniele Tessari (Italy), Derek Sneddon (Scotland), Andrew Tully (Scotland).