REDCAR salvaged a 45-45 draw at home to Berwick with a dramatic 5-1 in the last race.
Youngster Leon Flint looked set to secure an away win for the visitors but he fell on the final turn of Heat 15 when he looked set for second place, enabling Charles Wright and Michael Palm Toft to seal a crucial maximum for the Bears.
Palm Toft completed a paid maximum with 14+1 from five rides, with Wright matching that total from six outings. In-form reserve Kasper Andersen racked up 14 from six for the Bandits.
Palm Toft said: “I think we were slightly unlucky as we had a couple of tapes exclusions which cost us overall. We also have a couple of new signings who will need time to settle in at home, but it is what it is and when they settle in, we will have a solid side.
“I would have liked a full maximum, but it is always nice to hit a maximum!”
Berwick boss Gary Flint said: “We deserved the win today as that was a real effort to hold the second in the league side, at their own track, back to that extent.
“But Leon’s furious and frustrated with that last bend fall; however, that’s how speedway rolls at times. At least we didn’t lose!”
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