Devils pay dispute protest mars victory over Bandits
Plymouth Devils...53 Berwick Bandits...35
PLYMOUTH Devils riders staged a protest over pay before their meeting against Berwick Bandits last night.
The riders said they had not been paid.
The matter was resolved when all the riders were promised some money, but with a matter of only 20 minutes before the meeting started some of the Devils riders had not got changed.
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The meeting was not delayed, although the Plymouth management dispensed with the normal riders' parade before tapes-up.
Whatever the dispute was about, Devils came out all guns blazing to now give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the Premier League wooden spoon and making the post-season plate.
Devils will face a much tougher prospect in their final regular season meet at home to high-fliers Newcastle next Friday at the St Boniface Arena (7.30pm).
Devils started off superbly last night with a 5-1 heat win courtesy of Ben Barker and Todd Kurtz.
Devils stretched their lead throughout the meeting, suffering only a 5-1 setback in heat five and by heat nine rolled around they had a commanding 29-24 lead.
Probably the best race of the night came from Australian James Holder, who has not enjoyed the best of seasons at St Boniface.
Holder was left to take on Berwick's number one Ricky Wells after team-mate Ryan Fisher and Berwick's David Bellego were both disqualified from heat 11.
Few people would have given Holder a chance of winning but he did just that to earn the man of the match award and give Devils a seven-point advantage.
Jake Anderson won heat 12 with Cory Gathercole not far behind as Devils screamed out to a 40-30 lead.
Only a disaster stood between Devils and a morale-boosting win. There were no disasters.