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Guests announced for Sunday v Scunthorpe
Photo by Dave Payne
Wed 06 Aug 2014 by Comets Press Office
The search for guest riders goes on following the injury to Simon Lambert, which sees both our reserves currently on the injured list.
The unfortunate injury to Simon Lambert at Coventry last Friday left him with three breaks to his left hand, for which he underwent an operation on Tuesday evening to insert a plate and eight screws.

Following talks with the doctors he remains hopeful of being back in the saddle within four weeks, but obviously that depends on how things progress from now on.

With Simon being the lowest average team member (3.06) he can only be replaced by a National League rider under the regulations governing team make-ups and the replacement of missing riders, which is obviously a major blow to the Comets as he was averaging well in excess of his 3.06 official Green Sheet average for August.

Meanwhile, attempts to sign a temporary replacement for Ashley Morris are continuing to be a struggle due to the extremely limited number of riders available within his average and, of those that are available, there are too many fixture clashes for which 'no guest facility' would be availble; meaning that with Simon being on the injured list a National League guest would be needed as cover for both the reserves.

As announced earlier this week our guests for tomorrow's visit to Sheffield (7:30pm start) are Peterborough's Nicki Barrett in place of Ashley and Kent's Benji Compton (who has today been confirmed as a Fast Track Rider at Poole) in place of Simon Lambert.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: "Nicki is currently in good form and was very keen to help us out while Benji knows Owlerton like the back of his hand so he can hopefully do a job for us."

Meanwhile, for the home fixture against Scunthorpe at Derwent Park on Sunday (7:30pm start) the Comets will again be utilising Nicki Barrett in place of Ashley while the search for a National League guest in place of Simon was more difficult than it would normally have been, as Tony Jackson explains:

"The use of Nicki after his superb display at reserve for Peterborough last month was a bit of a 'no-brainer'really. He scored 10 plus 3 bonus from five rides that day and a similar score from him on Sunday for us would be most welcome. However, finding a National League guest for Simon wasn't easy because Sunday is also the date of the National League Fours at Coventry. So, although not every one of the 32 riders taking part in that event were eligible to guest, it had a major impact on our options.

"But, we were pleased to secure the services of Cradley youngster Nathan Greaves, who is showing plenty of promise as a 'Fast Track Rider' with Swindon and, despite being just 16 years of age, the Sheffield-born rider is already being talked about as a good prospect for the future.

"Nathan was the highest averaged National League rider that was not competing in the National League Fours and even so he has only missed out because the Cradley side are so strong and they have four riders above him with a higher average. With any of the other sides in the competition he would have been in their quartet with his 6.71 National League average. But, their loss could well be our gain and hopefully he can pick up some points for us on Sunday at reserve."
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