BERWICK’S Rory Schlein admits that some of the defeats have “hurt” the team.

The FTS Bandits have suffered a nightmare run of results and injuries leaving them second from bottom of the Cab Direct Championship. 

But with a consistent run of fixtures ahead, Schlein is adamant that his side can get on a run and reach the Play-Offs. 

That starts with the FTS Bandits facing Edinburgh at Shielfield Park tonight, live on BSN. 

Schlein misses tonight's clash due to injury but he told the club’s podcast Total Access Xtra: “I think deep down we all know we should be doing better, myself included. 

“But the one thing I have noticed is that the lads have taken it to heart. Some of the results have hurt, especially Birmingham. 

“It just seems that at the minute, the lads are trying. I’ve been in this business for 23 years and I can’t fault them, they are giving their best. 

“Sometimes you’ve just got to take the good with the bad and don’t go against the grain. Hopefully it will come to us. 

“We have a lot of meetings in hand. The Play-Offs are top six so let’s not have to worry about finishing top two or four. 

“At the end of the day, as long as we get into the Play-Offs, it’s still all to play for. 

“The attitude is just that. Let’s just make sure we make the top six.

“When you look at teams in the past, when they’ve got on a run and got into the Play-Offs, they’ve done really well.”

In a rarity, the Bandits now have four successive Saturday home meetings at Shielfield starting with a crunch clash with Edinburgh this weekend. 

Schlein added: “It’s pretty crazy to think we are in July and I think we’ve only done two or three meetings in a couple of months. 

“It’s not ideal. Even away riders are commenting that we haven’t had much racing for Berwick.

“I know we are riding in different leagues but just to be together helps. If you are only maybe seeing each other once a month, which has been the case, it’s a weird feeling really. 

“Normally you are busy all the way through the season. Hopefully we can get on a bit of a run. A few good home wins will benefit us. 

“Look at the result at Oxford. We pushed one of the top clubs in the league and we were within four points with just three heats to go. I would also say that we weren’t at our best.” 


BERWICK: Rory Schlein R/R, Jonas Knudsen, Jye Etheridge, Leon Flint, Thomas Jorgensen, Lee Complin (G), Connor Coles.

EDINBURGH: Josh Pickering, Bastian Borke, Kye Thomson, Paco Castagna R/R, Craig Cook, Dayle Wood, Jason Edwards (G).


Words by Holeshot Media.

Image by Taylor Lanning.