Team Manager: Gary Flint
|1. Kyle Bickley||3||3||3||3||12||0|
|2. Kieran Douglas||1||2*||1||1||5||1|
|3. Ben Rathbone||2*||0||1||2||5||1|
|4. Greg Blair||3||2||3||2*||10||1|
|5. Luke Crang||3||2||2||2*||9||1|
|6. Mason Watson||2*||2*||1*||FD||5||3|
|7. Ace Piper||3||E||3||1*||3||10||1|
Team Manager: Alan Budzynski
|1. Danny Phillips||2||3||3||FD||8||0|
|2. Josh Embleton||0||1||2||1||4||0|
|3. Tom Woolley||1||3||0||3||7||0|
|4. George Rothery||R||2||FD||2||0|
|5. William Lawson||1||R||2||1||4||0|
|6. Gregor Millar||0||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|7. Lewis Millar||1||0||0||1||2||0|
The Stellar Devils were on the receiving end of a rout as league leading Berwick completed the home and away double over their West Lothian rivals on Saturday night.
Berwick currently flying high after victories at Armadale and over Oxford at home last weekend were in devastating form and the result was never in doubt. A little bit of battle at least being shown by the Armadale outfit later in the meeting to keep the score line down at least a smidge.
Devils number 1 Danny Phillips undoubtedly their most impressive rider on the night saying after 'It was difficult to get a setup especially with there already being 15 heats having taken place on the track. My bike was getting me out the start perfectly though and that's always the hard bit, if you can get out the start and hit the right line.
'I didn't get to see much of the racing as I was always doing stuff on the bike but it seems like everyone was putting in lots of effort but we just need to bounce back in the next meeting and then we'll get that win.'
Sadly for Phillips despite him taking 2 heat wins their was little in the way of backup to stop the marauding Bullets.
Heat advantages in each of the first 4 heats meant a 14 point advantage was already in place for the home side and their was no way back for Phillips men.
The Devils can at least point to a few embers of hope from an otherwise difficult evening, Josh Embleton was competitive throughout, Tom Woolley rounded off his night with a win and George Rothery led home number 1 Kyle Bickley for a couple of laps in heat 10 before a lovely move by Bickley took him to the front.
That was as good as it got for Rothery though his night ending painfully as he clattered the fence in heat 14 trying to get into second.
This also brought an end to proceedings as the curfew was reached the result standing though and another maximum 3 points for the Bullets who had impressive performances throughout all of their 7 contributing at least 5 points a piece.
So, the search goes on for the first league points of the season for the Devils with a couple of week break to lick their wounds.
Berwick Bullets 56: Bickley 12, Douglas 5+1, Rathbone 5, Blair 10, Crang 9+1, Watson 5+2, Pijper 10
Armadale Devils 28: Phillips 8, Embleton 4, Woolley 7, Rothery 2, Lawson 4, G Millar 1, L Millar 2
The Stellar Devils go looking for a modicum of revenge this evening as they make the trip to Shielfield to take on the Berwick Bullets in NDL action.
The Bullets are one of the favourites for the title this year and already sit top of the tree after their big victory at Armadale last Friday was backed up by a comfortable home victory over Oxford on Saturday and it looks like the Borders men will be there or there abouts once again.
Kyle Bickley leads the way for the Bullets and is ably backed up by Greg Blair and Luke Crang in a powerhouse heat leader trio. Ably backed up by Kieran Douglas and Ben Rathbone there is no weak link in the main body of the Bullets team.
The main talking point of the year so far for the Bullets though has been the bursting onto the scene of Ace Pijper, just 15 years old and making his first foray into competitive 500cc action the son of Theo has been in blistering form with 9 and 7 point returns so far and this powerful punch at the bottom end has many tipping the Bullets for glory.
For the Devils where improvement from that home defeat to the Bullets is needed is clear to see, 32 of the 38 points on that night came from the Danny Phillips, Tom Woolley and William Lawson in the heat leader positions so any boost in scoring needs to come lower down the ranks.
Josh Embleton had a solid debut with a paid 4 return but key man for the Devils is undoubtedly George Rothery, everyone has seen what the Cumbrian is capable off and he really burst onto the scene in this very fixture last year as he romped to a paid 13 score. A mixture of knocks and machinery issues have taken some of the lustre from his recent performances though and a return to form would be well welcomed for both the Devils and of course Rothery himself.
The Millar brothers continue their speedway education at the reserve berth both looking for better performances than they delivered at Armadale last week with only 1 point each for their efforts, it has since been revealed that Gregor was suffering from illness the effects hopefully now over and a stronger showing can come from both.
A tough task definitely awaits the Devils then as they look to be the first to claim anything from the Bullets this year for those not in attendance live updates will be available on the Devils website with tapes up coming shortly after the conclusion of the Championship fixture between the Bandits and Monarchs.
Stellar Devils: Danny Phillips, Josh Embleton, Tom Woolley. George Rothery, William Lawson, Gregor Millar, Lewis Millar
Berwick Bullets: Kyle Bickley, Kieran Douglas, Ben Rathbone, Greg Blair, Luke Crang, Mason Watson, Ace Pijper