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Comets v Sheffield Race Day Update!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 01 Aug 2015 by Comets Press Office
The Workington Comets have yet another very important league match tonight when fifth-placed Sheffield Tigers come to Derwent Park for what promises to be a tough encounter, with the action getting underway at 7:00pm.
The Comets know the importance of every league match as they try to claim one of the top six play-off places, but with Plymouth gaining four points last night in a shock 38-52 victory at Somerset the Comets know that they must pick up points to maintain the pressure on current sixth-place-sitters Ipswich.

Workington go into tonight's fixture at full-strength with Ricky Wells lining up in the number one race-jacket for the first time in his Comets career, while Kyle Howarth reverts to the number five race-jacket that he wore for much of the season before his recent spell at number one.

Both of the former Comets riders that began the season in the Tigers original line-up are currently on the injured list. Their captain and number one, former Derwent Park favourite from 2003 and 2004, Simon Stead, suffered a broken arm and a broken femur in a track crash at Rye House in mid-April. That brought down the curtain on his season and he is replaced by Ipswich's Team GB World Cup star Danny King, who comes in as a guest at number one this evening.

Meanwhile Andre Compton, a Comet in 2009 and 2010, is still recovering from the wrist injury he picked up at Edinburgh three weeks ago and having originally announced that they would use rider replacement to cover his rides they have now signed Danish rider Nicolai Klindt, who last season rode for Scunthorpe, to replace him and he makes his Tigers debut tonight.

This is also the first ever away fixture for the Tigers new signing Michele ‘Paco' Castagna, the son of former Italian star Armando Castagna. Meanwhile the all-action Jason Garrity, who had a ride as Track Reserve at the recent Cardiff Grand Prix, is sure to be a highly entertaining visitor with his all-action style that is often seen on Sky tv when riding for Coventry in the Elite League.

Throw in French star David Bellego along with the hot Aussie prospect Arthur Sissis and the very much in form reserve Josh Bates and the Comets will definitely need to be on their game this evening!

Following the Comets clash with Sheffield there will also be a six-heat Northern Junior League match between the Workington Meteors and the Redcar Cubs.

Meanwhile, supporters are also reminded that the Comets' Summer Holiday offer of ‘Kids for a Quid' is now up and running, which allows accompanied children entry to the Comets home fixtures for just a pound during the period of the school summer holidays.

The weather forecast is for a fine and bright day with the first race getting underway at 7 o'clock and the two sides line up as follows:

Workington ‘Thomas Armstrong' Comets
1 Ricky Wells, 2 Rusty Harrison, 3 Rene Bach (captain), 4 Kenneth Hansen, 5 Kyle Howarth, 6 Matt Williamson, 7 Matthew Wethers.

Sheffield ‘Window Centre' Tigers
1 Danny King (Guest for the injured Simon Stead), 2 Michele Paco Castagna, 3 David Bellego, 4 Nicolai Klindt, 5 Jason Garrity (captain), 6 Arthur Sissis, 7 Josh Bates.

Referee: Jim McGregor
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Last Updated :  Sat 01 Aug 2015, 09:22 UK
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