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Comets 57 Edinburgh 36 - match report!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sun 24 Apr 2016 by Comets Press Office
Workington Comets 57 Edinburgh Monarchs 36 (Premier League) - Saturday 23rd April 2016
The Comets claimed their first Premier League points of the season by comprehensively defeating the reigning Premier League champions, the Edinburgh Monarchs, by a 57-36 score-line at Derwent Park on Saturday evening.

In doing so the Comets avenged their 49-41 defeat at Armadale the previous evening, where they can count themselves unfortunate not to have collected a match point for their efforts.

But at Derwent Park, after a close opening five heats that saw the Comets just have their noses in front by two points, the Comets then took maximum points from heats 6 and 7 through Rasmus Jensen and Ricky Wells, followed by Claus Vissing and Adam Roynon in the next, to open up a ten-point advantage.

The Monarchs immediately hit back by giving opening heat winner Erik Riss a tactical ride in heat 8, which he won by some considerable distance to reduce the Comets advantage to seven points.

However, when Mason Campton and Kenneth Hansen recorded a 5-1 in heat 9 the Comets lead was extended to 11 points. Then, in heat 10, it looked as if Ricky Wells and Rasmus Jensen were set for their second 5-1 of the night until Kevin Wolbert sliced between them as they exited turn two for the first time; going on to win and share the race points.

The spectacular, wide-riding Riss claimed his third race win of the night in heat 11, while behind him Claus Vissing cut under second placed Sam Masters as they exited turn two for the second time, in a move that clearly did not please the Monarch's skipper.

But, that was to prove to be the Monarchs fourth and final heat advantage of the night as the Comets recorded a heat advantage through Kenneth Hansen and Matt Williamson in heat 12 before claiming two successive maximum heat advantages in heats 13 and 14; firstly through Claus Vissing and Ricky Wells (pictured above) and then through Mason Campton and Adam Roynon in the penultimate heat.

This meant that going into the final heat the Comets already had the three league points in the bag and were safe in the knowledge that the Monarchs would be leaving Derwent Park empty-handed.

Heat 15 saw Ricky Wells and Claus Vissing line up against the Monarchs two German riders; Kevin Wolbert and Erik Riss, with the Comets choosing gates 1 and 3.

A lightning start from the inside gate saw Wells establish an early lead, which he never lost despite being chased hard by Wolbert, while Vissing held third place from Riss to ensure that the Comets ended the night with a heat advantage and a 57-36 score-line.

Workington 'Thomas Armstrong' Comets 57:
Ricky Wells 11+2, Rasmus Jensen 6+1, Kenneth Hansen 8+1, Mason Campton 9, Claus Vissing 11, Adam Roynon 7+2, Matt Williamson 5+3.

Edinburgh 'Border Roofing' Monarchs 36:
Sam Masters 2, Erik Riss 14, Kevin Wolbert 11, Jye Etheridge 1, Ryan Fisher 6, Max Clegg 0, Dan Bewley 2.

Premier League match Points: Workington 3 Edinburgh 0

Referee: Michael Breckon.
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