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Fri 12 Apr 2013 by Comets Press Office
WORKINGTON COMETS v NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS
(League Cup)
Saturday 13th April at 7:00pm, Derwent Park, Workington

This Saturday evening sees Newcastle visit Derwent Park for the second time in fifteen days – on this occasion to do battle with the Comets for League Cup points.

Two weeks ago the Comets emerged as 51-42 winners in the first leg of the inaugural Ian Thomas Shield – a score-line that would have given the Comets all three points had it been an official fixture. However since then both sides have had several more meetings under their belts and with race fitness, and hopefully the temperature, at a higher level this time around it promises to be a keenly contested clash between the Comets and their closest rivals.

On opening night the Comets used Rye House's Simon Lambert as a guest for the delayed Mason Campton but, with Campton still beset with visa problems Down Under, the Comets have now brought in Essex-based Chris Mills to fill the vacant reserve berth and he will be keen to build upon the encouraging home debut that he made against Redcar last weekend.

With Tero Aarnio recovered from the early season shoulder injury the Comets go into this fixture at full strength while the Diamonds track the same line-up as on their previous visit; although the Rider Replacement facility that they have for their new signing, press and practice day back injury victim Andrew Tully (7.01), has moved to the number two position in their line-up on this occasion.

Leading the Diamonds is their skipper, the all-action Stuart Robson (7.86), who took the chequered flag on four occasions to top-score with 18 points (including victory on a tactical ride) two weeks ago. Meanwhile Swede Ludvig Lindgren (6.84) is a rider currently going through a real purple patch right now with big scores home and away, in addition to picking up some useful points when riding for his parent club Wolverhampton in the Elite League.

With the Worrall twins – Richie (5.64) and Steve (3.93) both seemingly making good
comebacks from the broken legs that they each suffered last season – Richie picking up his at Derwent Park - the Diamonds look solid right through their side. Christian Henry (6.84) is more than capable of getting amongst the points on his day and when the enthusiasm of fine young British prospect Lewis Kerr (3.00) is taken into account the Comets will have to be on form to keep ahead of the Diamonds as they aim to take maximum points from the fixture.

Following the Comets agonisingly close defeat at Redcar on Thursday evening it is crucial that Workington not only aim to take all three points from this match but try to get as many race points on the board as possible. This is important in case race points are ultimately necessary in order to determine the final positions of this mini-League Cup group to see which club progresses to the semi-final stage of the competition to face one of the winners of the other three mini-groups – so, all in all it is a meeting not to be missed!

WORKINGTON ‘THOMAS ARMSTRONG' COMETS
1 Richard Lawson (Capt.), 2 Tero Aarnio, 3 Rusty Harrison, 4 Kyle Howarth, 5 Rene
Bach, 6 Ashley Morris, 7 Chris Mills.

NEWCASTLE ‘SAPPHIRE ENGINEERING' DIAMONDS
1 Stuart Robson (Capt.), 2 R/R for the injured Andrew Tully, 3 Christian Henry, 4
Ludvig Lindgren, 5 Richie Worrall, 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Steve Worrall.
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