Comets 54 Scunthorpe 35 - victory puts the Comets into the FINAL of the Championship Shield!
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Comets march into the play-offs!
Photo by Dave Payne
Fri 14 Sep 2018 by Comets Press Office
Comets 52 Peterborough 38
A superb team effort from the Comets overcame injuries, illness and the weather to defeat table-topping Peterborough at Derwent Park tonight and book their place in the play-offs to battle for that elusive league title.

In fact were it not for a few problems the Comets winning margin could have been greater.

The Comets made a great start to the match and just kept it going despite Nicolai having to pull out after crashing in his fourth race when leading due to a snapped chain.

And, what about Rasser! Twenty-four hours ago he was doubting if he would even be able to fly over to the UK as he felt so unwell.

But, fair play to Rasser he did and, despite feeling dreadful (which is almost how he described it!) he managed to do four races - which produced four wins - before having to admit that he could do no more. But nevertheless, that gave him his first ever maximum in British speedway. Maybe he should be ill more often!!

Meanwhile Rene Bach just kept plugging away with a tremendous performance to record 17 match-winning points from his six rides and cause the Panthers no end of trouble but, crucially he combined with Mason in heat 14 to ensure the match was won.

With Nicolai and Rasser out of contention it was left to the last men standing; Rene and guest Tero Aarnio, to carry the Comets through heat 15.

Another great start from Rene saw him lead and then resist the onslaught from Ben Barker, who fell as he tried an audacious move around Rene on turn four of the third lap, just after short-term early-season Comet Bradley Wilson-Dean had managed to pass our guest Tero Aarnio.

Barker's fall saw the race awarded and both teams could look for the play-offs to continue their quest to win the Championship.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “I am so very proud of the way they all rode tonight in what were far from perfect conditions due to a heavy shower a couple of hours before the meeting. But they all simply got on with it, and credit to Peterborough too; who rode through the meeting without any complaints.

“We got off to a great start and just kept it going to the end, by which time we were reduced in numbers somewhat; with Nicolai Klindt having injured his wrist after falling while leading his fourth ride when his chain snapped and the unwell Rasmus Jensen, who we persuaded to get out of his sick bed to ride.

“Rasmus was very much struggling to hang on and could do no more than four rides, but he won all four outings to record his first ever full maximum in British speedway. Sometimes things are just meant to be, and it was a terrific effort under the circumstances.

“Thankfully we had the match won before heat 15, which took the pressure right of us, as by that time we only had Rene Bach and guest Tero Aarnio available; but Rene was our match winner tonight and his 17 points helped keep the Panthers at arm's length throughout the match.”
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