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Comets 55 Rye House 35 match report
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 16 Jul 2016 by Comets Press Office
After a gap of five weeks the Comets returned to Derwent Park in fine style by recording a 55-35 Premier League victory over the Rye House Rockets.
In a match that contained several excellent races, which belied the score-line, the Comets took control from the off and built up a commanding lead to take the league points and ensure that the Rockets left West Cumbria empty-handed.

Every team member weighed in with a solid score, with the lowest scorer recording paid 8 points in a superb all-round team performance.

The Comets eight race wins were shared amongst five riders while the remaining two Comets, Rasmus and Matt, each had at least one paid win to their name.

Workington only had two last places all evening, with the first of those coming in heat 13, when Claus was pushed wide by Stuart Robson on the first turn, and the second when Kenneth was narrowly beaten by Stuart Robson in a thrilling final race.

For the Rockets the inclusion of former Comet Simon Stead as a guest for the their injured number one Edward Kennett paid off handsomely as he raced to a 14-point score, dropping his only point to Kenneth Hansen in heat 5.

Stuart Robson and the exciting Kasper Lykke gave him good support throughout, picking up 8 and 7 points respectively.

Lykke's score included two race wins, although when he was given the black & white helmet cover for a tactical ride in heat 7 he finished at the back after a great ride by Adam Roynon to keep him there.

But, in Lykke's next outing, in heat 10 he produced arguably the ride of the night as he passed both Ricky and Mason to battle through from third to first by the last lap. He then had another great four-lap battle with Rasmus in heat 14, but after they had passed and re-passed several times Rasmus just held on to second place at the finish-line.

The visitors had choice of gates in heat 15, which saw another enthralling opening lap (see picture above) until Stead pulled away followed by Ricky, but all the action took place behind them in the scrap for the odd point as Kenneth and Robson fought each other in an epic tussle, ridden very fairly throughout, before Robson just held on to take third place as the the chequered flag dropped.

WORKINGTON 55 RYE HOUSE 35
Premier League, Match points: Workington 3 Rye House 0

WORKINGTON 'THOMAS ARMSTRONG' COMETS 55
Ricky Wells 9+2, Mason Campton 9+1, Kenneth Hansen 8+2, Rasmus Jensen 7+1, Claus Vissing 8, Adam Roynon 8+1, Matt Williamson 6+2.

RYE HOUSE 'BMR' ROCKETS 35
Simon Stead (guest) 14, Leigh Lanham 0, Cameron Heeps 2, Kasper Lykke 7, Stuart Robson 8, Robert Branford (guest) 3, Ben Morley 1.

Referee: Jim McGregor
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