Comets v Berwick - Friday at 7:30pm!
Photo by Dave PayneThu 03 May 2018
It will be just like old times when the Comets entertain the Berwick Bandits at Derwent Park on Friday night!
Friday night was speedway night in Workington back in the old days and it is again this week!
After a gap of almost three weeks the Comets return to the track at 7:30pm tomorrow evening at Derwent Park when they take on the Berwick Bandits in a Championship Shield group fixture.
At present the Comets have only ridden one fixture, which resulted in a 47-43 home victory over the Edinburgh Monarchs, so there is still very much everything to play for this weekend against the Bandits; with the Comets heading over to Berwick on Saturday for the return fixture at Shielfield Park.
In Friday's match at Workington the Comets supporters will get their first chance to see club captain Ty Proctor on track this season after a delay to the delivery of a vital piece of paperwork for his visa meant that he was unable to ride against the Monarchs last month.
Meanwhile, with Aussie reserve Mason Campton still side-lined with his broken left wrist, the New Zealand Champion Bradley Wilson-Dean again fills his place in the team; however on this occasion he is a member of the Comets side on a 28-day contract instead of just appearing as a guest.
At number one tomorrow the Comets will be operating Rider Replacement for Rene Bach, who will be racing in his native Denmark for his Danish club Esbjerg. As team manager Tony Jackson explained: “Denmark primarily stage their league fixtures on Wednesday evenings' however occasionally they move some to Friday evening's before the season's first fixtures are issued; and this is one such occasion.
“Tomorrow also sees ten of the eleven Championship sides in action, which makes obtaining a suitable guest rider virtually impossible, so operating Rider Replacement is our only realistic option. But with every team member eligible for a rider replacement ride we feel that is something we can cope with.
“Rene will return for our visit to Berwick on Saturday, however Nicolai has been given a wild-card entry to the European Championship Challenge in Terenzano, Italy so we can have a facility to cover for him.
“In this instance we looked at using a guest but, due to various circumstances, rider availability was once again an issue. So, when you reach a point where you feel that giving the rest of your top four an additional outing becomes the best available option, then that is what you do; so we will again be using the rider replacement facility, this time for Nicolai, with all team members eligible to take an outing as he is currently lying second in our averages.”
Following the weekend's two clashes with the Bandits the Comets next fixture is a week tomorrow, Friday May 11th, when they visit Peterborough in what will be the club's first league fixture of 2018.
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Last Updated : Thu 03 May 2018, 18:44 UK