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Comets take on the Diamonds twice this Easter weekend
Photo by Dave Payne
Wed 01 Apr 2015 by Comets Press Office
The Comets 2015 home campaign will get underway at Derwent Park this Saturday evening.
Following the disappointment of seeing the opening home fixture of 2015 (against Redcar) postponed last Saturday the Comets are eager to finally get their home season underway this Saturday evening when they host the Newcastle Diamonds at Derwent Park in the first leg of the Ian Thomas Shield, with the action getting underway at 7:00pm.

After the first leg at Derwent Park on Saturday, the second leg takes place at Newcastle's Brough Park the following evening (Easter Sunday) with a 6:30pm start.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “We were delighted to win the Ian Thomas Shield last year and I have got used to it sitting on top of my cabinet so hopefully we can retain it.

“These are sure to be two very competitive fixtures as they always are between the Comets and the Diamonds. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this weekend and we can get an encouraging crowd at Derwent Park on Saturday evening and a good travelling support at Newcastle on Sunday. Any supporters making the journey to Brough Park can take advantage of the fact that Monday is a Bank Holiday so for many supporters getting back home a little late on Sunday evening won't be a problem.”

The Comets go into Saturday's fixture at full-strength while the second leg at Newcastle on Sunday will see them line-up without 17-year-old reserve Nathan Greaves, who is riding at Mildenhall in the British under-21 semi-final.

Lining up as a reserve replacement for Greaves at Newcastle will be Comets junior Paul Bowen, who also races for Buxton in the National League; and he will be pulling on a Comets race-jacket for the very first time.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson explained the situation: “Obviously Nathan has to ride at Mildenhall, along with several other possible guest replacements that could fill his position. So, we discussed the options, and bearing in mind that it is a challenge fixture we elected to give Paul an opportunity to have a meeting with the full Comets side in order to give him some vital experience of what to aspire to in the future if he continues to progress.

“But, nevertheless, we still feel that we have enough potential race-winners in our side to cope with Nathan's absence on Sunday. However, clearly the more points we can score on Saturday then the less we need to do at Brough Park on Sunday where we will certainly be going all out for the win!”
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Last Updated :  Thu 02 Apr 2015, 00:28 UK
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