Comets 54 Scunthorpe 35 - victory puts the Comets into the FINAL of the Championship Shield!
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Comets finish as PL Fours runners-up
Photo by Dave Payne
Mon 04 Aug 2014 by Comets Press Office
The Comets had a good day in the sun at Peterborough on Sunday when they finished as runners-up to eventual winners Somerset in the Premier League Fours.
After finishing joint top of their semi-final with runaway league leaders Edinburgh on 14 points the Comets then progressed to the final where they were joined by Somerset and Scunthorpe from the other semi-final, which had seen hosts Peterborough surprisingly eliminated on their own circuit.

The meeting also saw the shock return to action of Kyle Howarth following his lay-off with an ankle ligament injury.

Kyle had originally been due to delay his comeback until the Comets visit to Sheffield on Thursday, with the view of having a practice prior to then. But, following the hand injury suffered by Simon Lambert on Friday, Kyle was brought along to Peterborough to effectively be 'the fifth man' as that is all the available riders the Comets had at their disposal - as no guests are permitted in the PL Fours of course!

However, when he was told to go out and "just do his best" in heat 6 he was not only up to the task but he defeated the Premier League's number one rider Craig Cook to take second place in his first competitive ride for several weeks - and all with no practice!

Those two points from Kyle helped the Comets into the final where they achieved more race wins (five) than any other team but unfortunately also had too many non-scoring rides, with gate four proving to be the bugbear for the Comets, as they didn't pick up a single point from the outside gate in three attempts in the final.

Nevertheless, while it would have been great to win the trophy for a sixth time, the team were certainly worthy of their runners-up position on the day.

Finally, we must offer our congratulations to Somerset, who claimed their first PL Fours success since they were victorious at Derwent Park in 2005.

RESULTS:
8-heat Semi-final A:
SOMERSET 14
SCUNTHORPE 13
Peterborough 11
Newcastle 10

8-heat Semi-final B:
WORKINGTON 14 (Ricky 3, Kyle 2, Rene 3, Josh 5, Mason 1)
EDINBURGH 14
Redcar 11
Berwick 9

12-heat Final:
SOMERSET 24
Workington 18 (Ricky 1, Kyle 4, Rene 6, Josh 7, Mason dnr)
Scunthorpe 15
Edinburgh 15
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Last Updated :  Mon 04 Aug 2014, 18:15 UK
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