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Comets v Rye House race-day update!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 16 Jul 2016 by Comets Press Office
The Comets take to their own Derwent Park circuit this evening (Saturday) for the first time in five weeks when they entertain the Rye House Rockets in a Premier League fixture.
With a fine day in prospect Comets fans can at last look forward to seeing some speedway this evening after an unprecedented and unwanted five-week break between home fixtures due to a combination of the fixture list and the typically wet British Summer weather; with the Comets previous home fixture having taken place back on 11th June, when Scunthorpe were the visitors in what proved to be a rain-affected meeting!

Club owner Laura Morgan said: “After such a long break, with our two previously scheduled home meetings being postponed due to the weather, it almost feels as if we are starting the season again and this situation is certainly not good for business!

“Earlier in the season we had some away matches postponed, which made it feel very much a ‘stop-start' season as it was but this enforced break has only made things worse.

“Hopefully all our supporters have missed their speedway as much as we have and they will all be back down at Derwent Park this evening to support the Comets in what promises to be an entertaining meeting against Rye House, which gets underway at 7:00pm.”

Comets co-promoter and team manager Tony Jackson added: “The recent rained-off fixtures that we have had, both home and away, will all have to be re-scheduled for later in the season, which means we will have a very busy August and September for sure.

“To date we have only raced 9 league fixtures, so we have another 15 to race before the ‘play-off cut-off date' in mid-September. Hopefully they will be followed by some play-off fixtures, while we still have our League Cup semi-final matches against Glasgow to race in September too.

“The riders are also desperate to get racing again as, obviously, when they are not racing they are not earning, but apart from that they ideally need to race two or three times per week in order to remain race-sharp. But, while some race for other clubs and in other countries, which also helps them keep race-fit; even that has been affected as several recent Danish fixtures have been postponed due to the wet weather causing further frustration for our Danish trio of Claus Vissing, Kenneth Hansen and Rasmus Jensen.”

The Comets go into tonight's league fixture at full-strength while the Rockets have two injury concerns. These see guest rider Robert Branford replacing broken wrist victim Peter Karger at reserve and former Comet Simon Stead coming into the Rye House side at number one to replace the Rockets skipper Edward Kennett, who has withdrawn after jarring his elbow in a first ride fall at Lakeside last night.

Ironically, following tonight's home clash with Rye House, the Comets have another enforced gap in their home fixtures as next weekend sees the Premier League Fours weekend take place at Peterborough in an event that features all thirteen Premier League clubs.

This is preceded by a league visit to the hitherto unbeaten Somerset Rebels next Friday (22nd July) so while the Comets have no home meeting that weekend, the riders will at least get three successive days of track action under their belts – weather permitting of course!

Tonight's teams line-up as follows:

Workington 'Thomas Armstrong' Comets
1 Ricky Wells (captain) 8.64
2 Mason Campton 5.44
3 Kenneth Hansen 7.40
4 Rasmus Jensen 6.19
5 Claus Vissing 8.29
6 Adam Roynon 5.03
7 Matt Williamson 3.11

Rye House 'BMR' Rockets
1 Simon Stead 10.28 (Guest for Edward Kennett)
2 Leigh Lanham 5.57
3 Cameron Heeps 6.52
4 Kasper Lykke 5.10
5 Stuart Robson 6.55
6 Robert Branford 5.00 (Guest for Peter Karger)
7 Ben Morley 4.24

Referee: Jim McGregor
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Last Updated :  Sat 16 Jul 2016, 10:24 UK
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