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Comets target seventh place finish!
Photo by Dave Payne
Fri 30 Sep 2016 by Comets Press Office
This Saturday evening (1st October) sees the Comets aiming to complete their 2016 Premier League campaign with a victory over the Redcar Bears at Derwent Park, starting at 7:00pm.
A victory for the Comets will put them on 38 points, level with the Peterborough Panthers in the league table, but a victory by a 16-point margin or greater will see them leap-frog the Panthers and move into seventh place in the final table – frustratingly just one place below the coveted top-six play-off positions.

Team manager Tony Jackson said: “Obviously it is frustrating to have missed out on the play-offs as they are the aim of every club at the beginning of the season.

“However, ultimately our downfall has been in not picking up enough points on the road and whilst our excellent home record almost compensated for that it wasn't quite enough in the end.

“Nevertheless, we still want to finish as high up in the league as we can and a victory by at least a 16-point margin gives us a target to aim for on Saturday night as we look to end our league season strongly with a victory.”

Following Saturday's clash with the Redcar Bears the Comets will have just one further match to race (their re-arranged League Cup match with Glasgow on Saturday 8th October, which was postponed last Saturday) before the chequered flag drops on the eighteenth successive season of racing at Derwent Park since the sport returned to the town in March 1999.

Comets owner Laura Morgan is keen to see people turn out to support the team over these final two meetings as they head into the winter break with many questions still to be answered with regard to the structure of the sport for 2017.

With regard to the remaining fixtures Morgan said: “We certainly feel that we provide some excellent entertaining racing at Derwent Park, and whilst our away form has been a big disappointment to us all this year, our home form has been superb; and with only one home league defeat in over two years, it is right up there with the very best in the country across all leagues over that period.

“There is a lot of talking to be done by all of the clubs over the winter with regards to how the sport moves forward into 2017 and beyond, but like all clubs we will be asking ourselves the question: ‘Is the support there to justify all the effort, time and money that we put into keeping the club going?'

“The support that we receive is greatly appreciated and a good turnout for our final two home meetings of the season will make a big difference to the future as we head into the close-season, so we urge everyone to turn out to see their last speedway of the year.”

Meanwhile, the date and venue of the Comets popular ‘End of Season Presentation Evening' has now been confirmed. This will take place on Friday 4th November at 7:30pm in the Trades Hall, Workington, for a fourth successive year.

Ticket details for the Presentation Evening will be announced in the coming few days.
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Last Updated :  Thu 29 Sep 2016, 23:38 UK
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