A very busy weekend ahead!
Photo by Dave PayneThu 21 Apr 2016
It is a tough start to the 2016 league fixtures for the Comets this weekend.
The Comets face a busy spell of three meetings in three days as they kick start their Premier League campaign with a visit to reigning league champions Edinburgh at Armadale Stadium on Friday night, starting at 7:30pm, before hosting the Edinburgh Monarchs at Derwent Park on Saturday evening at 7:00pm in the return league fixture.
Then, to complete a busy weekend, the Comets travel over to Newcastle's Brough Park on Sunday for a League Cup group fixture, with the action getting underway there at 6:30pm.
The Comets team manager Tony Jackson says that the riders are looking forward to the weekend: “Although three matches in three days is hard work for everyone the riders are actually looking forward to it as we have raced so few matches this season due to postponements and the like that they all just want to get some track time.
“Previous seasons have always seen us struggle at Armadale as the track is so different in size to the wide-open spaces of Derwent Park. But, with several changes in personnel to both teams this season our riders are confident that they can take something from the match.
“And, let's not forget that Berwick went there and won last Friday, which shows that it can be done!”
On Saturday evening the Edinburgh Monarchs make the return visit to Derwent Park, in another Premier League fixture and the Comets will need to be at their best to contain the Monarchs powerful top three, who all go well around Derwent Park.
“With Sam Masters, Kevin Wolbert and Ryan Fisher leading the line for the Monarchs they have three riders that have all gone well around our place in the past,” said Jackson.
“We need to match them throughout, but if we have everyone chipping in with points as they did last Saturday against Newcastle it will help our cause in what promises to be another tough fixture.”
Then, on Sunday at strongly-fancied Newcastle the Comets will be looking for a similar performance to the one they gave in the early season Ian Thomas Shield fixture, which Newcastle won 46-44 after the Comets had lost the services of Mason Campton with a broken collar-bone following a first ride fall, while both Kenneth Hansen and Adam Roynon suffered knocks in crashes that were not their fault!
“If we can take something from the Newcastle match it will certainly help our chances of finishing top of our three-team group and with it our chances of qualifying for the semi-finals. It could even come down to actual race points in order to determine the group winner, so every point is crucial,” stated Jackson.
"After the visit to Newcastle we will only have our twice postponed visit to Redcar to race in the group fixtures, but at present we have no agreed date for that meeting to take place," he added.
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Last Updated : Thu 21 Apr 2016, 23:56 UK