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Comets into KO Cup Final!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 29 Sep 2018 by Comets Press Office
A night of unbelievable drama at Derwent Park!
Comets 61 Edinburgh 29
Knockout Cup, semi-final, 2nd leg
Aggregate: Workington 92 Edinburgh 88

With an incredible performance at Derwent Park the Comets moved into their second final of 2018 by overturning the previous evenings' 31-59 defeat at Edinburgh's Armadale circuit to book their fourth ever appearance in the Knockout Cup Final.

Few would have gave the Comets any hope of achieving such a result but having clawed their way back on to level terms it all came down to a dramatic last heat as Workington and Edinburgh went into that race all square; but even then there was one final twist in the tail!

The Comets pairing of Nicolai Klindt and Ty Proctor lined up against the Monarchs pairing of Richie Worrall and former Comet Ricky Wells.

But, before the race could get underway, Wells was excluded for delaying the start, during which time he was facing the wrong way and deemed to be trying to gain an unfair advantage by preparing his starting grid.

Eventually, after the understandable challenge to the decision by the Edinburgh management he was replaced by William Lawson for the re-start.

However, with Nicolai and Ty leading from the gate, it was Richie Worrall that mounted the challenge, which was resisted by Ty throughout, as the Comets headed for home and a match winning 5-1 cheered home lap by lap by the crowd. Worrall's late dash to the finish line narrowly failed to snatch second place, although that wouldn't have been enough for the Monarchs even if he had been successful!

The Comets had led from the opening heat, recording only two last places throughout the night, while they took 12 race wins, including the first 10 heats, with the first 7 of those being won by a different Comet. Meanwhile, the Monarchs failed to register a heat advantage.

The Comets continued to eat away at the Monarchs 28-point first leg lead, halving it by heat 5, reducing it to 8 points by heat 8 and then to just 4 points by heat 10.

Ricky Wells recorded the Monarchs first heat win in heat 11 but with Ty and Nicolai racing to a 5-1 in heat 13 it was all square on aggregate and a tense finish was guaranteed; with the tension being turned up another notch when heat 14 was shared to set up the last heat decider.

WORKINGTON 'THOMAS ARMSTRONG' COMETS 61
Nicolai Klindt 10+1, Rasmus Jensen 10, Jake Allen (guest) 7+2, Rene Bach 8, Ty Proctor 12+2, Kyle Bickley 4+1, Mason Campton 10+3.

EDINBURGH 'STAGGS BAR' MONARCHS 29
Ricky Wells 7, Victor Palovaara 0, Josh Pickering 6+1, Richie Worrall 9+1, Erik Riss 4, William Lawson 1, Jordan Stewart (guest) 2.
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Dave Payne, Adrian Randall