Meeting Preview - Comets v Glasgow (PL)
Photo by Dave PayneThu 23 May 2013
WORKINGTON COMETS v GLASGOW TIGERS (Premier League)
Saturday 25th May at 7:00pm, Derwent Park, Workington
After two weekends without a home fixture the Workington Comets roar back into action at Derwent Park this Saturday evening at 7:00pm when they entertain the Glasgow Tigers in a Premier League fixture.
Down the years the Comets matches against the Tigers have always been keenly contested affairs and there is no reason why this one should be any different.
This Saturday sees a somewhat different Comets side take to the track to face the Tigers, with only three of our regular septet available due to a combination of injury and international commitments.
Our top three of Richard Lawson, Rene Bach and Rusty Harrison are all available, although Rene has to take an early morning flight from Denmark to get here after racing at Slangerup on Friday night in the first of the two-legged Danish Championship Finals.
However, both Kyle Howarth (5.78) and Ashley Morris (3.00) are scheduled to race at Gdansk in Poland on Saturday night as part of the Team Great Britain under-21 side. They are competing in the under-21 World Team Cup semi-final, with Kyle having been given the honour of captaining the side.
In Kyle's absence we will be operating rider replacement, while Newcastle's in-form reserve Lewis Kerr (3.00) will be riding at reserve as a guest in place of Ashley. Lewis has made a great start to his Premier League career and rode really well for his club, Newcastle, in the live tv match from Berwick on Tuesday evening.
Joining Lewis at reserve is our guest Micky Dyer (4.49) from Redcar, who is taking the place of the injured Chris Mills (4.83). Chris is well on the way to recovery from his broken left wrist but is not yet fit enough to return to the track. Meanwhile Micky is in the form of his life at present and has already ridden for the Comets as a guest on three occasions this season, including storming to a five-ride paid maximum on his last guest appearance in place of Chris Mills at Derwent Park and also his heroics at Scunthorpe in the tv match at the end of April.
Tero Aarnio (5.64) is currently back home in Finland with four broken bones in his right foot and in his place is Edinburgh's Jozsef Tabaka (4.75), who is another rider in the best form of his life right now, and he has already ridden for the Comets once this season – away at Berwick where he proved to be our match winner.
With rider replacement in place for Kyle, all except Richard and Rene are eligible to take an extra ride.
Glasgow Tigers come to Derwent Park captained by former Grand Prix rider and British Champion Joe Screen (9.17). Joe always goes well around Derwent Park and the races with him should be well worth waiting for.
Also included amongst the Tigers line-up is former Comet James Wright (6.73), who made the switch to Glasgow over the close season after being left out of Somerset's plans for 2013. James will certainly be out to prove that he still knows his way around his former home track.
The Tigers third heat leader berth is filled by the highly experienced James Grieves (7.57) who has had some good meetings at Derwent Park over the past 14 years while Danish rider Henning Bager (5.72) has also had some productive outings here.
This years' Glasgow side contains two young Australian riders - Harley Horwood (5.00) and Joey Ringwood (5.00) who are currently experiencing the Premier League for the first time this season with reasonable success. Coming over here for the first time is a major step up in their racing experience but both riders seem capable of making that transition if the early signs are anything to go by.
Harley Horwood has ridden at Derwent Park in the past; having had some after the meeting laps last season when over here for a few weeks in the middle of the year to gain an idea what he was getting in to.
The visitor's line-up is completed by the highly-rated young English rider Joe Jacobs (3.00). Joe has made an impressive start to his Premier League career and, though currently on the books of Ipswich, he has recently requested a permanent move to Glasgow.
WORKINGTON ‘THOMAS ARMSTRONG' COMETS
1 Richard Lawson (Capt.), 2 Rider Replacement for Kyle Howarth, 3 Rusty Harrison, 4 Jozsef Tabaka (Guest), 5 Rene Bach, 6 Lewis Kerr (Guest), 7 Micky Dyer (Guest).
GLASGOW ‘WESTERN COMMERCIAL MERCEDES BENZ' TIGERS
1 Joe Screen (Capt.), 2 Henning Bager, 3 James Wright, 4 Joey Ringwood, 5 James Grieves, 6 Harley Horwood, 7 Joe Jacobs.
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Last Updated : Fri 24 May 2013, 06:55 UK