Comets v Tigers - Race-day update!
Photo by Dave PayneSat 18 Apr 2015
Workington Comets v Glasgow Tigers (League Cup) – Race-day update
With a dry and sunny day in prospect the stage is set for a thrilling match at Derwent Park, starting at 7 0'clock this evening, when the ‘Thomas Armstrong' Comets take on the hotly-tipped Glasgow ‘Allied Vehicles' Tigers in their opening home League Cup group match of 2015.
This year the Comets are again in the ‘Border Group' – along with Berwick, Edinburgh and of course the Tigers.
Last Sunday at their re-vamped Ashfield circuit the Tigers defeated the Comets by a score of 53 – 38 when, after a solid start, any hope the Comets had of taking something from the match evaporated after Rene Bach was ruled out of the meeting with a shoulder injury following a heavy crash in heat 10 when he was hit from behind by Kozza Smith.
However, Rene Bach and Nathan Greaves, who missed last weekend's fixtures with a hand injury, have declared themselves fit to return to action this evening following their injuries, and the Comets will need to be firing on all cylinders against a solid Tigers side that bears no resemblance to the team that wore their colours last season.
Only French youngster Dimitri Berge and the young Swede Victor Palovaara remain from those that represented Glasgow at any time last season, while at number one is Cumbrian-born former Comet Richard Lawson, who was purchased by the Tigers from Workington over the winter months. Meanwhile, the Comets have ‘Testimonial Man' Rusty Harrison back in their line-up having spent last season with Glasgow.
The close-season saw the Tigers taken over by Glasgow businessmen Gerry and Michael Facenna, owners of Allied Vehicles, who are their main club sponsors. They have transformed the club both on and off the track, with a new team and a thorough facelift of Ashfield Stadium, which the brothers purchased along with the speedway club.
Prior to this evening's meeting the Comets very own ‘British Champion' Kyle Howarth will parade his British under-21 Championship Trophy around the track. Kyle won this national title on Tuesday evening at Coventry's Brandon Stadium and with it came confirmation that he will be one of Great Britain's four representatives in thi s year's World under-21 Championship qualifying rounds – a competition that Kyle is keen to do well in as this is his last opportunity at this level; having turned 21 earlier this year.
1 Kenneth Hansen, 2 Ricky Wells, 3 Rene Bach (C), 4 Rusty Harrison, 5 Kyle Howarth, 6 Nicki Barrett, 7 Nathan Greaves.
1 Richard Lawson, 2 Kozza Smith, 3 Nick Morris, 4 Dimitri Berge, 5 Aaron Summers (C), 6 Victor Palovaara, 7 James Sarjeant.
Tonight's Referee: Michael Breckon
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Last Updated : Sat 18 Apr 2015, 09:48 UK