Redcar 50 Comets 43 (PL)
Photo by Dave PayneFri 12 Aug 2016
The Comets frustratingly missed out on picking up an away point at Redcar last night by a single point as they went down to a rejuvenated Bears side that have now won three successive home league fixtures, including a victory over title favourites Glasgow.
Both teams went into last night's fixture operating Rider Replacement - Redcar for Tobias Busch - recalled by the German Federation, and the Comets were without Kenneth Hansen, riding in the Swedish League Play-offs.
With Redcar being one of Kenneth's better away tracks it was expected that it would be the Comets that suffered the most and so it proved - as Redcar gained 8+3 from Busch's programmed rides and the Comets gained just 3 points from Kenneth's rides - only one of which was at the expense of a Redcar rider!
Without question if Kenneth had been there the Comets would have left Redcar with something - at the worst a point and at best a victory - but it wasn't to be as they just missed out on picking up a match point by a single race point!
The track was extremely heavy and difficult to ride in the early stages owing to the amount of rain that had fallen on Teesside in the previous day and up until 10am on race-day; all of which made gating crucial as it was difficult to pass and turn the bike; but of course that affected both sides!
For the Comets Claus Vissing adapted to the conditions in the early stages, starting out with two race wins (including heat 6 pictured above) while skipper Ricky Wells recovered from a nightmare start that saw him only gain a single point from his first two outings to win heat 11 when taking a tactical ride.
Going into the final four races the Comets trailed by five points and, after heats 12 and 13 were shared hopes were high for heat 14. However a shock Redcar 5-1 meant the Comets pairing of Ricky and Claus required a 5-1 in heat 15 to leave with a point.
But, while Ricky was able to lead and start to pull clear by lap three Claus was still battling with the impressive Jonas B Andersen when second place David Bellego hit the home straight fence, causing the race to be stopped and a result declared as a Comets 4-2 by Referee Willie Dishington, thus giving the Bears a 50 - 43 victory and meaning the Comets left empty-handed.
Redcar Bears 50:
1 David Bellego (c) 14
2 R/R for Tobias Busch
3 Hugh Skidmore 9+3
4 Jonas B Andersen 16+1
5 Lasse Bjerre 7+1
6 Jye Etheridge 1
7 Lee Payne 3+1
Workington Comets 43
1 Ricky Wells 12
2 Mason Campton 1
3 Rasmus Jensen 7
4 R/R for Kenneth Hansen
5 Claus Vissing 10+2
6 Adam Roynon 6+2
7 Matt Williamson 7
Referee: Willie Dishington
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Last Updated : Fri 12 Aug 2016, 16:38 UK