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Cook Called Up for Comets Big TV Night
Mon 29 Apr 2013 by Official Press Release
Workington Comets have had to call on the services of locally-based ex-Comet Craig Cook for the third time in six days as cover for their injured skipper Richard Lawson ahead of their televised match at Scunthorpe this week.
Cook, who started his career with the club and now rides for Edinburgh, rode as a guest in both legs of the Comets Knockout Cup success over the Ipswich Witches on Thursday and Saturday of last week and will now don the Comets number one race-jacket once again at Scunthorpe's Eddie Wright Raceway tomorrow evening.
The fixture, which starts at 7:30pm, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 and is a chance to not only showcase the Comets and Scunthorpe but also the Premier League.
Lawson was injured last Wednesday when riding for his Elite League side Lakeside at Birmingham and although x-rays have shown no broken bones he is still in considerable discomfort with swelling, bruising and pain in his back and chest. Naturally he is disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to lead the Comets into action in front of the television cameras, as he explained:
“Obviously it would have been a great opportunity to captain the Comets on TV, but I am certainly not fit enough to ride yet. I can't even bend down to tie my shoe-laces so racing a speedway bike is out of the question right now.
“However, I do intend to make the journey to attend the meeting and to be on hand to give the team any help and encouragement that I can on the night,” he added.
Meanwhile Comets team manager Tony Jackson is hoping that the side can carry on where they left off on Saturday night after the team staged a tremendous fight-back to overturn a 20-point deficit from the first leg at Ipswich to emerge as 61–29 winners on the night and so progress to the quarter-final stage of the cup, where they will face Somerset.
“What we saw on Saturday night was something really special,” said Jackson.
“Everyone was really fired up to do a job, which a few people thought was possibly too much to pull back, but they pulled it back with points to spare. We had the belief and team spirit that we could do the job and everyone just kept encouraging each other all evening and we got there. Hopefully we can carry that spirit and determination into Tuesday's televised meeting at Scunthorpe and get an away league win on the board.
“It will be tough and of course Scunthorpe are the current league champions who will also be looking at putting on a show for the tv cameras. Hopefully a good crowd will turn out to create a special atmosphere, and the Scunthorpe promotion have reduced admission to just £10 for adults on the night in order to help create such a crowd.”
The Comets will also be going into this meeting without reserve Chris Mills, who is still ruled out of action with a broken left wrist. He will once again be replaced by Redcar rider Micky Dyer, who raced to the first five-ride paid maximum of his British Premier League career at Workington on Saturday when riding against the Witches in place of Mills.

UPCOMING COMETS FIXTURES:
Tuesday 30th April, 7:30pm at the Eddie Wright Raceway: Scunthorpe v Workington (Premier League) – Live on Sky Sports 1 TV.

Saturday 4th May, 7:00pm at Shielfield Park: Berwick v Workington (Premier League)

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, 7:00pm at Derwent Park: Workington v Berwick (Premier League)
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Last Updated :  Mon 29 Apr 2013, 11:19 UK
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