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No Match on Saturday 18th July for the Comets
Photo by Dave Payne
Thu 09 Jul 2015 by Comets Press Office
There will be no home meeting on Saturday 18th July at Derwent Park - as we have no-one to race!
This date was originally reserved for the next round of the Knockout Cup but, following our aggregate defeat at the hands of Rye House in the first round of the competition, that obviously no longer applies.

But, with no rained off fixture to be re-arranged and with no other clubs able to bring the date of their visit forward for reasons of rider availability - despite numerous attempts to pursuade them otherwise; we were unable to find any opponents for Saturday 18th July.

Even Edinburgh, who we have yet to agree a date with as to when they can visit us, are unable to visit us that day as they are already racing at Berwick.

However, IF Saturday's home league meeting with Newcastle is rained off the Diamonds are highly likely to be able to visit us on Saturday 18th July - but that is now the only possibility that we could have a meeting on that date.

Otherwise, after this Saturday's home meeting against Newcastle, the next home meeting will be against the high-flying Peterborough Panthers on Saturday 25th July at 7:00pm.

Comets team manager and co-promoter Tony Jackson said: "Trying to re-arrange fixtures is becoming a bigger issue year by year owing to riders doubling-up and racing in other leagues.

"When you compare it to when the sport returned to Workington in 1999 it is a whole different ball game.

"Back then there were far more British riders in the Premier League and riders generally only raced in one league so re-arranging fixtures was much easier. Only the very top riders raced overseas. That is no longer the case.

"Nowadays, with a general rider shortage, more non-British riders and overseas meetings; plus doubling-up and the fast-track reserve system it is virtually impossible for clubs to accept a fixture change unless they are prepared to visit with a team full of guests or rider replacement.

"When you look at all the meetings that currently take place in the UK, to see a match take place with seven riders all belonging to that club is something of a rarity! - and that's for scheduled fixtures! If you try and move those dates it gets even worse in the majority of cases, which is why clubs understandably are unwilling to move.

"Also, if there is a fixture clash a team generally has priority over the other club for a rider they own or is owned by a club in their league - however, on a re-arranged date you can even lose priority on the use of a rider that you actually own if there is a fixture clash, which again can explain why clubs are unwilling to move from the original dates in the fixture list!"
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Last Updated :  Fri 10 Jul 2015, 13:19 UK
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