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Comets lose out to Tigers at Sheffield
Photo by Dave Payne
Fri 26 Jun 2015 by Comets Press Office
Sheffield Tigers 55 Comets 37 (Premier League) - Thursday 25th June 2015
The Comets endured another tough night at the super-fast Owlerton Stadium last night, going down to the in-form Tigers by a 55-37 scoreline.

The Comets were able to share five of the last seven heats, but the damage was done in the early stages; as they found themselves ten points down after just five heats as they tried to get to grips with the circuit.

On a night where several of the Tigers rode 'right on the limit' the Comets were in many ways pleased to leave in one piece from what was a very tough night of racing.

However, for Ricky Wells it could have been worse as a knock to his left cheekbone left him with swelling beneath the eye and a certain 'black eye' when he awoke today making him look like he had been boxing rather than speedway racing!

This was as a result of a fall on the first bend of heat 13 following a classic case of first bend bunching. As he fell his bike bounced back off the air fence and hit him in the face. But, nevertheless he was able to take his place in the re-run and in the nominated heat, despite not feling one hundred percent!

Ricky (seen leading heat 4 in the picture above) ended the night as top-scorer with 12 points from his five outings, with skipper Rene Bach, who also rode in heat 15, picking up 10 points and Kenneth Hansen weighing in with 7 points.

Nicki Barrett made his comeback from injury after a month away with his shoulder problem and, while obviously taking time to get going after such a long lay-off, visibly improved with each outing.

Rusty Harrison also found the going tough in what was only his second match back following eight weeks out of action due to injury. However, he was an early leader in his second ride, heat 5, before being pushed right to the air fence on turns three and four of the opening lap by Jason Garrity; who stormed under him at breakneck speed, with only Rusty's vast experience saving him from a possible heavy crash.

That was the second time in two heats that the Comets had been unhappy with the Tigers on-track antics as, in the heat prior to that, Kenneth found himself having to shut off after Andre Compton had cut across him, which led to a heated verbal exchange after the race.

But, at the end of the day, the Tigers had too much strength in depth for the Comets, and in Brady Kurtz they had an excellent guest replacement for their injured number one, Simon Stead. Kurtz raced to 14 points from five rides, dropping his only point to Ricky Wells in heat 6.

SHEFFIELD TIGERS 55
Brady Kurtz (guest) 14, Ashley Birks 6+2, David Bellego 8+1, Jason Garrity 10+1, Andre Compton 4+1, Arhur Sissis 4, Josh Bates 9+2.

WORKINGTON COMETS 37
Kyle Howarth 4+2, Rusty Harrison 0, Rene Bach 10, Matthew Wethers 3+3, Ricky Wells 12, Nicki Barrett 1+1, Kenneth Hansen 7.
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Last Updated :  Fri 26 Jun 2015, 20:59 UK
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