Two Comets matches this coming weekend
Photo by Dave PayneFri 10 Jul 2015
Two Matches in Two Days for the Comets this Weekend!
This weekend sees the Comets back in action at Derwent Park when they entertain their closest rivals, the Newcastle Diamonds, at 7:00pm on Saturday evening in a Premier League fixture.
This will be the Comets first fixture since the official July averages came into force, which means that Kenneth Hansen's three-match spell at reserve is now over as he moves back into the main body of the side, while Matthew Wethers drops into a reserve position.
Joining Wethers at reserve and making his first official appearance as a team member in a Comets' race-jacket – as opposed to his recent guest appearances – is 22 year-old Matt Williamson from Bury in Lancashire.
Matt has only been racing speedway for two years, since making the transition from motocross, and he spent the bulk of last season with parent club Scunthorpe; while this year has seen him racing for National League side Cradley. He now joins the Comets as a replacement for Nicki Barrett, who has been released.
Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “This is a great opportunity for Matt, who has shown on his guest appearances for us that he is a fast starter and he can certainly pick up points from the gate.
“He is very keen to do well for us and obviously the rest of the team will give him every bit of help that they can.”
The Diamonds always provide the Comets with a stiff test and this Saturday should be no different. Leading the Diamonds is Steve Worrall, who is supported by Lewis Kerr and their captain Ludvig Lindgren, while their line-up also includes former Comet Simon Nielsen at reserve. Meanwhile, following the Premier League fixture against the Diamonds, there is to be a six-heat Northern Junior League fixture between the Workington Meteors and the Newcastle Gems.
Sunday afternoon sees the Comets compete in their second Premier League fixture of the weekend when they travel north to take on the Glasgow Tigers at Ashfield Stadium, which gets underway at 3:00pm.
The Tigers fortunes have been revitalised this year under new ownership and they have already established themselves as one of this season's front-runners in the battle to claim one of the coveted play-off places.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Jackson said: “Down the years we have generally done quite well at Glasgow; and while we recognise that the Tigers are a much different proposition this season, some teams have already taken points away from Ashfield this year so there's no reason why we cannot do the same.”
After this Saturday the Comets have no home meeting next weekend, but they will be in action in two weeks time when they entertain the current league leaders Peterborough at Derwent Park on Saturday 25th July at 7:00pm.
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Last Updated : Fri 10 Jul 2015, 13:27 UK