Comets v Edinburgh Race-day update!
Photo by Dave PayneSat 12 Sep 2015
The Comets bring down the curtain on their 2015 season this evening when the table-topping Edinburgh Monarchs visit Derwent Park in the Comets final Premier League fixture of the season.
The Monarchs, who are the reigning Premier League champions, are sure to provide the stiffest test yet of the Comets unbeaten home record, with all the action getting underway at 7:00pm tonight.
Early morning rain is forecast to clear by 11:00am to leave a generally bright and breezy day to complete the Comets season ahead of Monday's cut-off date for the title play-offs.
Having missed out on the play-offs for the first time since their inception in 2012, the Comets will be aiming to end their season with a victory over a strong Edinburgh side, who (along with second-placed Somerset) are already seeded through to the semi-finals of the play-offs by virtue of finishing top of the league table.
Leading the Monarchs charge is former Comet Craig Cook, who was born and bred in West Cumbria and still has a lot of local support. He will also be joined by another West Cumbrian in the Monarchs side tonight as Workington's Ryan Blacklock, who races in the National League with Buxton, has been drafted into the Monarchs side as a guest replacement for reserve Max Clegg, who is taking part in the British under-19 Championship at Berwick tomorrow evening (a meeting that also features promising Workington junior, David Morgan).
Meanwhile the Monarchs are also missing first season German ace Erik Riss, who is competing at Vechta in Germany, in the third round of the World Longtrack Championship; a discipline in which he is the reigning, and the youngest ever, World Champion.
The Comets are again missing shoulder injury victims Rusty Harrison and Matthew Wethers for this key clash, with the rider replacement facility being utilised to cover Harrison's absence and Glasgow's Czech Republic rider Hynek Stichauer coming in as a guest to replace Matthew Wethers, who sustained a broken shoulder-blade last Friday at Edinburgh while riding as a guest for Newcastle.
Stichauer scored 9 points and one bonus point from the reserve berth for Glasgow last Saturday in their 47-46 defeat at the hands of the Comets and the Workington management would be delighted with a similar showing this evening.
The Comets number one, Ricky Wells, is assured of a good reception on his first appearance back at Derwent Park since clinching a well-deserved runners-up position in last Sunday's prestigious Premier League Riders' Championship at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium, when he finished one place ahead of Edinburgh's Craig Cook, a former winner.
Meanwhile, the spectacular Kenneth Hansen continued his good run of form by winning the Teesside Silver Helmet individual meeting at Redcar on Thursday night; a title that was first won by a Comet way back in 1973, when Comets legend Lou Sansom was victorious at the old Cleveland Park.
Following the Comets versus Edinburgh Premier League clash there will be the traditional end of season ‘goodbyes' from the Workington riders in addition to which there will also be a six-race Northern Junior League ‘local derby' when the Workington Meteors take on the Northside Stars in their final Northern Junior League fixture of the season.
The two teams line up for tonight's Premier League fixture as follows:
Workington ‘Thomas Armstrong' Comets
1 Ricky Wells 8.35
2 Rider Replacement for the injured Rusty Harrison 5.48
3 Rene Bach (captain) 7.58
4 Kenneth Hansen 6.48
5 Kyle Howarth 7.40
6 Matt Williamson 3.00
7 Hynek Stichauer (3.00) – Guest for the injured Matthew Wethers 4.45
Edinburgh ‘Border Roofing' Monarchs
1 Craig Cook (captain) 10.02
2 Rider Replacement for the absent Erik Riss 5.10
3 Kevin Wolbert 8.29
4 Justin Sedgmen 8.12
5 Sam Masters 9.13
6 Ryan Blacklock (3.00) – Guest for the absent Max Clegg 3.26
7 Robert Branford 3.14
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Last Updated : Fri 11 Sep 2015, 23:59 UK