It's Devils and Diamonds this weekend!
Photo by Dave PayneFri 17 Jul 2015
The Comets face the Devils and the Diamonds this weekend!
Another busy weekend for the Comets sees them with back-to-back league fixtures at opposite ends of the country!
Tonight (Friday) sees them in Premier League action when they take on the Plymouth Devils at the St. Boniface Arena, after which the riders will head north to prepare to face the Newcastle Diamonds at Derwent Park on Saturday evening at 7pm.
The home clash with the Diamonds had been scheduled for last Saturday however that was postponed due to rain but hastily re-arranged for this weekend when both teams had a free date in their calendar.
Comets co-promoter and team manager Tony Jackson said: “Obviously it is a bit of a hard weekend for the riders to get back up to Workington to race after being down in Devon the previous evening but the travelling is all part and parcel of being a speedway rider and has to be done. We are grateful to Newcastle for their co-operation in being able to re-arrange the match so quickly.
“Hopefully we can pick up something from our visit to Plymouth and then put in a good performance at home on Saturday to move us up the league table. We are in something of a false league position at present as we have raced fewer matches than all the other sides in our league so far, so we have a busy time ahead of us.”
Workington go into this evening's match at Plymouth at full strength while the Devils have their number one, Ryan Fisher, missing following a crash last weekend that left him with concussion and they are using the Rider Replacement facility to cover for him.
Meanwhile the Devils will use Matt Bates as a guest at number seven to replace Hungarian rider Roland Benko, who has left the club and returned home for personal reasons and is thus deemed to be 'with-holding his services'.
Tomorrow evening's home fixture league against Newcastle will see the Diamonds use Peterborough's Rafal Konopka as a guest for Lewis Rose at number seven; after Rose picked up an injury to his right shoulder when riding for Swindon in their televised clash with Poole on Monday evening.
The home match against the Newcastle Diamonds is to be followed by a six-heat Northern Junior League match between the Workington Meteors and the Newcastle Gems.
This week saw the Comets confirmed as one of the eight teams to have qualified for this year's Premier League Fours, which takes place at Peterborough on Sunday 2nd August.
The Comets, who finished as runners-up in the competition last season, are in a qualifying group with Edinburgh, Ipswich and host club Peterborough, in what is considered by many to be the tougher of the two groups; each of which sees the top two point-scoring clubs progress to the final.
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Last Updated : Fri 17 Jul 2015, 00:35 UK