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Edinburgh 56 Comets 36 - Report
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 30 May 2015 by Comets Press Office
Last night saw the injury-hit Comets go down to the Edinburgh Monarchs by a 56-36 scoreline at Armadale in their Premier League clash.
Armadale is a difficult place to visit at the best of times but with an injury-hit makeshift side that task is even harder and, under the circumstances, it could have been worse!

The final score was almost identical to our 56-37 defeat earlier in the season when we visited there in the League Cup group match - the only difference being that on this occasion our TR produced 2 additional points compared to 3 on our last visit.

The Comets opened the night with a 4-2 heat advantage while we also managed to share the points in five of the last six races. However, we conceded four 5-1's to the Monarchs in the races in between - three of them to the strong Kevin Wolbert - Justin Sedgmen partnership, which is very much proving to be the 'engine room' of the Monarchs at the moment.

Again our reserves struggled around the tight confines of the Monarchs home circuit, while Rider Replacement for Kyle only produced 4+1 real points plus 2 additional points from the TR; a figure that Kyle may well have bettered given his current form.

Our guest (for the injured Kenneth Hansen) Theo Pijper used his knowledge of Armadale to register a solid 7+1, which included an excellent race win in the opening heat where he used all his experience to hold off the constant challenge of the Monarchs current number 1 Sam Masters.

Rene Bach scored in every ride on his way to 10+1 from five rides, even though he failed to chalk a race win on the board on this occasion.

Matthew Wethers overcame a disappointing last in his first ride and an exclusion in his second after he fell very awkwardly on turn two of the opening lap to pick up 6+1 from his final three outings on his former track; which included a fine victory over the in-form Monarch Justin Sedgmen in heat 14 - to ruin his fellow-Aussie's paid maximum hopes.

Finally, top-scorer Ricky Wells overcame the disappointment of an opening race tape touching handicap (where he still claimed third place) to again demonstrate his liking for the tight Armadale circuit as he picked up 12 points from six rides. This included a hard-fought victory over Sam Masters in heat 6 (pictured above) and an excellent win in heat 15; where he ended any paid maximum hopes that Kevin Wolbert may have had.

EDINBURGH MONARCHS 56:
Sam Masters 10, Erik Riss 4+1, Kevin Wolbert 12+2, Justin Sedgmen 11+2, Craig Cook (c) 9, Max Clegg 5+1, Rob Branford 5+1.

WORKINGTON COMETS 36:
Theo Pijper (guest) 7+1, Rider Replacement for Kyle Howarth, Rene Bach (c) 10+1, Matthew Wethers 6+1, Ricky Wells 12, Liam Carr (guest) 0, Nathan Greaves 1.
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Last Updated :  Sat 30 May 2015, 10:20 UK
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