Comets versus Newcastle at Derwent Park, at 7:30pm this Friday!
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Hectic Few Days For the Comets
Thu 18 Apr 2013 by Official Press Release
Workington Comets face a hectic spell this weekend with three matches in four days while for some of the team it is an even busier period, with four meetings in as many days!
The action gets underway tomorrow evening at 7:45pm in Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium when the Comets start their Premier League campaign with what is considered a tough fixture against an in-form Tigers septet. The Tigers have already qualified for the League Cup semi-finals from their mini-group and will now be looking at starting their league fixtures in a positive fashion.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “Sheffield is always such a tough place to visit, although our recent record there has been reasonable, and the whole team will have to be dialled in to the track from the start.“At reserve, our recent signing Chris Mills is a former Sheffield rider, having ridden for them in 2009. However most of the others have been there many times and know what to expect. In fact Rene and Richard both gave good accounts of themselves there late last season in the Premier League Riders' Championship, so they will be aiming to pick up that form.”

After Sheffield, Richard, Kyle and Chris head north to Edinburgh where they will compete in the British Championship semi-final, starting at 7:30pm on Friday. From there the top seven in the field of sixteen progress through to the British Final, which takes place at Wolverhampton on Monday 13th May.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Looking at the line-up it promises to be a really tough meeting on what can be a hard track to master, but it is great for the Comets to have such a strong representation in the meeting.“Should they qualify for the British Final it would not only be a great achievement but it would also be good for the profile of the Comets”, she added.

Then, on Saturday, starting at 7:00pm, the Comets begin their home league season with the return visit of Sheffield, which promises to be another tough meeting where the Comets need to be on their best form if they are to claim all three points on offer to them. This features the return of former Comets favourite Simon Stead, who rates Derwent Park as his favourite race-track and is still held in high regard by the Comets supporters from the time he spent with the club in 2003 and 2004. Many fans are expected to come along just to see Steady in action once again.

Tony Jackson said: “Simon really loved racing around Derwent Park and he looked so spectacular in those days, almost defying gravity on occasions. No doubt he will be keen to score well and put on a show for the fans. But, although he has a soft spot for the club that will all be forgotten about as soon as the tapes rise in the opening heat. “As well as Steady the Tigers side also includes another ex-Comet, Joe Haines, plus a popular guest from last season; Ricky Wells, so we will have to be on top of our game for sure.”

To complete a busy weekend for men and machines the Comets travel over to Newcastle on Sunday to take on the Diamonds in what is their final League Cup group match, starting at 6:30pm. After dropping points at Redcar and also by only taking two out of a possible three points at home against the Diamonds last Saturday the Comets know that anything other than an away victory will see their hopes of reaching the League Cup semi-finals dashed.

UPCOMING COMETS FIXTURES:
Thursday 18th April, 7:45pm at Owlerton Stadium: Sheffield v Workington (Premier League)

Saturday 20th April, 7:00pm at Derwent Park: Workington v Sheffield (Premier League)

Sunday 21st April, 6:30pm at Brough Park: Newcastle v Workington (League Cup)

Thursday 25th April, 7:30pm at Foxhall Stadium: Ipswich v Workington (Knockout Cup, 1st round, 1st leg)

Saturday 27th April, 7:00pm at Derwent Park: Workington v Ipswich (Knockout Cup, 1st round, 2nd leg)

Tuesday 30th April, 7:30pm at the Eddie Wright Raceway: Scunthorpe v Workington (Premier League) – Live on Sky Sports TV.
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Last Updated :  Thu 18 Apr 2013, 08:22 UK
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