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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Confident Workington Comets ready for new season opener

Workington Comets will kick off their 2012 season tonight at Sheffield in confident mood.

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Pleased: Keith Denham

Comets owner Keith Denham described Saturday’s practice session as the best he has ever seen and the team will travel to Owlerton believing they can take something from the meeting.

The last meeting between the teams in September saw the Comets push Sheffield all the way. They led by four points with two heats remaining only to be overhauled in the final race.

Denham said: “It is really important we get off to a good start and it will be a good test for us.

“Sheffield is a racers’ track so we have to make sure we don’t get caught out but if all the riders click we have got a chance. I was very pleased with the team on Saturday and all the riders enjoyed the day.”

The Comets will follow tonight’s match with their first home meeting on Saturday against Redcar Bears at 7pm.

The new home season will be launched by Boyzone popstar Shane Lynch, who will also drive a few laps in a rally car, and Denham is hoping for a bumper crowd.

Workington only lost one home match last season and Denham said that kind of form must continue.

He said: “We have got to win on Saturday. However, Redcar are a bit of an unknown quantity after the injury to Gary Havelock so they have signed Carl Wilkinson to fill in. It was terrible for something like that to happen to Gary especially at his age and we all wish him well.”

Workington then complete a hectic three matches in four days when they travel to take on Newcastle on Sunday.

Denham is not worried about the busy start as all riders, apart from Rusty Harrison, have had plenty of bike time.

He said: “Newcastle will be another tough match but we have got a good set of gaters and that is what it is all about on that track.

“We also have Rene Bach going back to his old track and Richard Lawson and Kenny Ingalls should be able to handle it so it will be an interesting match.”

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