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Comets face Tigers and Scorpions
Photo by Dave Payne
Wed 24 Jun 2015 by Comets Press Office
Comets visit Tigers and entertain Scorpions this weekend
Tomorrow night (Thursday) the Workington Comets visit Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium for a Premier League clash with the Sheffield Tigers (7:30pm start) and, for the first time in many weeks, they will be able to track a full side as Nicki Barrett will be returning from the shoulder injury that has plagued him since early May and kept him out of action for the past month.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “To actually have a full team and no guests makes a pleasant change and it certainly helps keep team spirit high. Obviously Nicki will take a little time to get back up to speed, and of course Rusty Harrison is just feeling his way back too after his time on the injured list. But, while Owlerton may not be the easiest of places to make a return from injury as a visiting rider, you have to come back somewhere!

“We have raced fewer matches than any other club in the Premier League so far, and we have a lot of matches to race over the next two months or so, but our first goal is to aim to get into one of those top six play-off positions.”

With Kenneth Hansen occupying one of the reserve berths until the end of June the Comets will be hoping he can reproduce his high-scoring form from last Saturday's 49-44 home win over Ipswich when they visit Owlerton tomorrow night.

Then, after visiting Sheffield, the Comets entertain the Scunthorpe Scorpions in another Premier League fixture at Derwent Park on Saturday evening starting at 7:00pm. However, missing that fixture will be in-form American rider Ricky Wells.

He will be flying out to Latvia on Friday morning to race in the semi-final of the Grand Prix qualifiers in the Latvian capital, Riga, on Saturday; which is the next step in the qualification process that eventually leads to a 2016 Grand Prix place. In his absence the Comets will operate the Rider Replacement facility.

Jackson said: “Obviously it is a blow to have Ricky missing on Saturday but that is how things work out in speedway sometimes. He has progressed to the next stage of the qualification process, which takes priority as it is an FIM meeting, and we must carry on with our fixtures as do other clubs in the same situation.”

Following Saturday's fixture the Comets next match is at Derwent Park in two weeks time, on Saturday 11th July, when Newcastle are the visitors, again on league business. That is because next Saturday it is the British Grand Prix at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, which will feature two ex-Comets; exciting Dane Peter Kildemand and current Edinburgh and Belle Vue rider Craig Cook, who hails from West Cumbria.

However, the night before the British Grand Prix, at Somerset's Oak Tree Arena on Friday 3rd July (start time 7:30pm), the Comets will be one of ten clubs taking part in the Premier League Pairs competition, with the Comets represented by Kyle Howarth and Ricky Wells on this occasion. This is a competition where the Comets have a better record than any other club, with a total of six victories to their name; the most recent of those being in 2012 when Rene Bach and Adam Roynon were victorious.
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Last Updated :  Thu 25 Jun 2015, 00:24 UK
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