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Workington Comets 53 Newcastle Diamonds 37 (ITS, 1st leg)
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Sun 05 Apr 2015 by Comets Press Office
WORKINGTON COMETS 53 NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS 37 (Ian Thomas Shield, 1st leg)
The Comets got their home season underway with a 16-point victory over the Newcastle Diamonds in the first leg of the Ian Thomas Shield at Derwent Park last night.

After being held by the Diamonds in the early stages the Comets stamped their authority on the meeting from heat 10 onwards; claiming three 5-1's in the closing six races.

All the Comets top six recorded at least one race win on their way to scoring eight points or more with the only two occasions where they didn't score being when Kyle crashed spectacularly on turn four of the second lap of heat 7 and then when Rene dropped a chain as the tapes rose in heat 9.

Heat 11 provided plenty of excitement as Kyle raced through from third to first and then he did the same again in heat 13, with Kenneth following suit, as they turned an opening lap Newcastle 5-1 into a Comets 5-1 by the end of lap three!

Afterwards the Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “It was a really solid and pleasing team performance to kick off our home campaign. We were competitive throughout and to end the night with a sixteen-point advantage to take over to Newcastle for Sunday's second leg at Brough Park gives us a great chance of retaining the Ian Thomas Shield.

"Hopefully we can take a good number of fans across to the North-east to support the team on Sunday."

The second leg gets underway at 6:30pm this evening and the weather forecast is good.

The Comets will have NL rider Paul Bowen, who is now on the Comets books, riding as a guest at number 7 in place of Nathan Greaves, who is riding at Mildenhall in the British under-21 Championship semi-final. He will be looking for a top-nine finish in order to progress to the British under-21 Final, which takes place at Coventry on Tuesday 14th April.

Kyle Howarth is already through to the final as one of the seven seeded riders.

Last night's scorers were:

WORKINGTON COMETS 53
Kenneth Hansen 11+2, Ricky Wells 8+2, Rene Bach 8, Rusty Harrison 8+3, Kyle Howarth 9+1, Nicki Barrett 8, Nathan Greaves 1+1.

NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS 37
Steve Worrall 4, Christian Henry 6, Lewis Kerr 11, Anton Rosen 4+1, Ludvig Lindgren 3+1, Simon Nielsen 5+1, Lewis Rose 4+1.
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Last Updated :  Sun 05 Apr 2015, 13:30 UK
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