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Another tough night for the Comets up at Armadale!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 11 Apr 2015 by Comets Press Office
Edinburgh Monarchs 56 Workington Comets 37 (League Cup)
Last night's opening League Cup group fixture saw the Comets endure another tough night at Armadale - for so long a difficult venue to visit for most clubs, including the Comets.

However, but for some misfortune the Comets would have at least hit 40 points for the first time in several visits.

A broken seat bracket on the second lap of heat 14 for Rusty Harrison when comfortably in third place behind Comets' guest Victor Palovaara cost the Comets one point.

Prior to that the Comets were on a comfortable 5-1 in heat 12 when a fall for the Edinburgh reserve Robert Branford saw the race stopped - and, as so often happens, in the re-run Edinburgh's Kevin Wolbert made the gate and won the race - so a possible Comets 5-1 became a 3-3.

Meanwhile Kyle Howarth had mechanical problems all night - earnining two retirements and an exclusion for exceeding the two-minute time allowance in heat 13. However, in the race that he did finish he gave a glimpse of what could have been by defeating Monarchs' number 1 Craig Cook and his in-form partner Justin Sedgmen.

Nicki Barrett, still a bit sore from his heavy falls at Newcastle on Sunday, struggled on a track that he describes as "my worst one" while Kenneth Hansen also had a few problems on the night.

An excellent contribution from guest Victor Palovaara (8+2) and skipper Rene Bach (8) added considerably to the Comets total while Ricky Wells again showed his liking for Armadale with a 13-point return; which included two race wins, the second of which when riding on a TR in heat 11 (pictured above) was without question the race of the night; as he, and the hard-riding Sam Masters, passed and re-passed on several occasions.

Last night's scorers:
EDINBURGH MONARCHS 56
Craig Cook 8+3, Justin Sedgmen 9, Kevin Wolbert 13+1, Erik Riss 7, Sam Masters 13+1, Max Clegg 3, Robert Branford 3+2.
WORKINGTON COMETS 37
Kenneth Hansen 3, Ricky Wells 13, Rene Bach 8, Rusty Harrison 1+1, Kyle Howarth 3, Nicki Barrett 1, Victor Palovaara (G) 8+2.
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Last Updated :  Sat 11 Apr 2015, 10:40 UK
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