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A busy weekend in store for Comets fans!
Photo by Dave Payne
Wed 08 Apr 2015 by Comets Press Office
Two League Cup matches and a Testimonial!
Fresh from the run-off drama that sealed victory over Newcastle last weekend in the two-legged Ian Thomas Shield; this coming weekend sees the Workington Comets kick off their League Cup campaign with two very difficult fixtures – while in between them their long-serving team member Rusty Harrison hopes to finally stage his well-deserved Testimonial Meeting at Derwent Park at the third time of asking after suffering two postponements last season!

First up, on Friday evening at 7:30pm the Comets race their first official fixture of 2015 when they visit reigning league champions and League Cup holders the Edinburgh Monarchs at their tight Armadale circuit. Then, on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm, the Comets travel ‘North of the Border' once more to visit Ashfield and take on the Glasgow Tigers in another League Cup fixture.

The Comets recent record at Armadale is not the best, with the tight confines of the circuit being very much at odds with the wide open spaces of the Comets own Derwent Park home while on the other hand the Comets recent record at Ashfield is a good one. However that record will be severely tested this weekend when they take on the team that are many pundits tip for honours this season with their rebuilt side and brand new owners of Glasgow the club.

The new owners have invested heavily in the stadium at Ashfield and many Comets fans will be keen to pay a visit to Glasgow on Sunday to not only support their team but also see the changes that have taken place within the stadium.

Looking ahead to the weekend's League Cup fixtures Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “They will be two tough matches but we have proved already this season that we are capable of knuckling down to get the result we need and we will definitely be doing our utmost to come away from each fixture with something to show for our efforts on this occasion.”

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh include a Cumbrian-born former Comet in their side at number one – Craig Cook at Edinburgh and Richard Lawson at Glasgow, adding an additional edge to the fixtures, while in the Comets side ‘Testimonial Man' Rusty Harrison has ridden for both Scottish clubs at some time in his career; the most recent occasion being last season, which he spent with Glasgow.

Sandwiched in between those fixtures on Saturday night (11th April) is the third attempt at staging the Rusty Harrison Testimonial Meeting at Derwent Park; and Harrison has assembled a star-studded line-up for the event along with several attractions for all the family and special appearances from Garry Stead and Simon Lawson, as well as a series of British youth 125cc races; so it promises to be a full night of entertainment for the long-serving Comet.

The meeting itself will consist of 16 riders racing over twenty heats and a Grand Final, with the likes of Rory Schlein, Josh Grajczonek, Nick Morris, Kozza Smith, David Bellego, Aaron Summers, Lasse Bjerre, and many more taking part, including current Comets Kyle Howarth, Ricky Wells, Kenneth Hansen and Rusty himself is also featured. The Parade gets underway at 6:30pm with the first race at 7:00pm.

Looking ahead to the meeting Harrison said: “I have got everything crossed this time that we will be okay with the weather. There is so much work involved in organising a testimonial meeting and this is the third time I have had to do it. I definitely don't want to be a promoter when I retire!

“Hopefully everybody can have a safe night with plenty of good racing and lots of entertainment for all the supporters who have been so good to me down the years.”

Meanwhile the Comets are hoping that young reserve Nathan Greaves will be fit to ride in this weekend's matches at Edinburgh and Glasgow after crashing in last Sunday's British under-21 semi-final at Mildenhall and picking up a hand injury.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “Initially they thought his hand was more badly injured than it now appears. It now seems that he has sustained a small crack to a bone in his hand, but they haven't put a plaster on it so hopefully he will be okay to continue riding, which he is keen to do.

“It was a real shame for him as, but for that, I am certain that he would have qualified for next week's final at Coventry but he's only just turned seventeen so he still has time on his side.”

Finally, a raffle held in the Derwent Lounge bar by Kenneth Hansen, in conjunction with the Comets Supporters Club, after last Saturday's home meeting raised the excellent sum of £400 towards the testicular cancer fund-raising campaign that he is now involved with following his recent health scare.
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