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Comets Press Release: Wednesday 21st August
Photo by Dave Payne
Wed 21 Aug 2013 by Comets Press Office
COMETS LOOKING TO SPARKLE AGAINST THE DIAMONDS!
This Bank Holiday weekend is shaping up to be a crucial one for the Comets as they aim to take another step towards booking a place in the top six of the Premier League and therefore secure one of those vital league title play-off places.

Saturday and Sunday see the Comets face the high-flying Newcastle Diamonds in home and away league fixtures; with the Diamonds visiting Derwent Park on Saturday evening (7:00pm start) and the Comets then travelling over to Tyneside less than 24 hours later to take on the Diamonds at Brough Park on Sunday evening (6:30pm start).

The matches are important for the championship aspirations of both clubs and two enthralling evenings of speedway appear to be in prospect.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “Everyone at the club knows that this weekend is a big one, especially with the top six places tightening up and there are seven clubs chasing those six places so no-one wants to be the unlucky team that misses out. We were sat on top of the table for a few weeks but we knew that the clubs behind us had matches in hand. Quite a few of those matches have now turned into points so we need to keep plugging away to try and get every point that we can.

“At the end of the day a single point, or even actual race points, could mean the difference between reaching the play-offs and having a shot at claiming the title or missing out altogether – it is that close!

“But, if we can make sure we get something out of this weekend then it can only help our cause in trying to claim a top-six finish. It promises to be a terrific weekend for the fans and I am sure both clubs will take plenty of supporters away with them and that backing can make all the difference.

“Down the years, right back to the 1970's, matches between the Comets and the Diamonds have always been very hard-fought affairs, and occasionally tinged with incident and controversy, so absolutely anything could happen this weekend!”

The Comets cause is boosted for the weekend by the news that reserve Ashley Morris is fit to take his place in the Comets line-up after suffering an injury to his left hand in a spill at Stoke almost three weeks ago. He made his comeback last Sunday as his National League side Dudley emerged victorious from the National League Fours and a further week of rest has further helped his recovery.

Meanwhile, second-string Tero Aarnio will miss Saturday's meeting at Derwent Park as he will be competing in his native Finland in the Finnish Championship, with the Comets operating Rider Replacement in his absence. However, he will be flying back into the UK on Sunday morning in order to take his place in the Comets side for the return fixture at Brough Park.

Both Saturday's fixture at Workington and Sunday's return match at Brough Park will also feature a four-heat Northern Junior League match between the Workington Meteors and Newcastle's Juniors as a second half event.

This Saturday at Workington will also see the riders going amongst the crowd during the evening in order that the annual collection for the ‘Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund' can take place.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of our sport and down the years Workington has had more than its fair share of injured riders; and the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund has helped out on many occasions.

"Since the advent of the early season Ben Fund Meeting the fund has received a significant boost but the generosity of supporters towards the annual collections held at every track is a significant part of their overall fund raising. This enables the Ben Fund to provide even more assistance to all the riders who need it when an injury strikes.”
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Last Updated :  Wed 21 Aug 2013, 19:40 UK
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