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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Ex-Comet Craig Cook top scores as Edinburgh beat Workington

Edinburgh Monarchs 52 Workington Comets 41: After three months without a defeat Workington Comets were beaten where they last went under – Edinburgh’s Armadale Stadium.

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Craig Cook

The Monarchs completed a league and cup home double over the Comets with former Workington rider Craig Cook to the fore as he scored 12 paid 14 from his five rides.

For Workington, Rene Bach and Adam Roynon each scored 11. Bach won his tactical ride outing while Roynon was named most exciting rider of the night after winning heat fifteen.

Burt Workington team, manager Tony Jackson was full of praise for the efforts of reserves Ashley Morris and Kyle Howarth who between them scored 14 points, paid 20 with bonuses.

Team manager Tony Jackson said: “Both of them had half a season at Edinburgh so they knew a bit about the track but it was still a good effort on a night when we were short of points in other areas.

“Traditionally we haven’t done well there. I think we’ve only won five times in 37 visits and three months ago to the day were beaten 54-39 in the Premier Trophy which was our last defeat.

“Going down by 11 this times makes it a marginal improvement but it’s one of those tracks where we don’t go well. Likewise Edinburgh don’t fare so well round Derwent Park,” added Tony.

“Tero Aarnio says he has left Armadale five times in an ambulance, so it’s not his favourite track. He thought he was going again when he came off the back of his bike in his first ride. He hurt his knee and although he continued was in some difficulty.

“Richard Lawson only scored two points which was completely unexpected. He was just unable to get out of the gates. When he did make a good start he and Kenny (Ingalls) got in each others way.

“We needed good efforts from Rene and Adam to stay in the hint and Rene was successful when I put him in as a tactical sub.

“I think it will be different tonight at Berwick. It’s a different type of track, although a lot might depend on how it’s prepared.

“Tero is looking forward to going back as a former Berwick rider and I know one or two of the lads like goijng round Shielfield.

“They have lost their last two home matches but have made two team changes and will be parading the Premier League Fours Trophy which they won at Peterborough last Sunday. That should motivate us to give a performance.”

After six heats Workington were in deep trouble, trailing 24-12 with three 5-1’s and as many 3-3’s suggesting it was going to be a long night for travelling Comets’ fans.

But Jackson gave Bach the black and white helmet colours for race seven and the Dane was never in any danger of taking the six points as he sped away from the gates. Aarnio plugged on for third and a 7-2 for the Comets to reduce the deficit.

The next two heats were shared but in race ten Derek Sneddon and Cook scored another 5-1 and it was virtually back to square one for the visitors.

Lawson and Howarth followed home Tully in heat eleven to leave the Comets trailing by 11 with four races left.

In fact there were still 11 points in it at the finish as a 5-1 for Bach and Norris was quickly countered by Cook and Tully producing a home maximum in heat thirteen while the last two heats saw the points shared in each.

It was a disappointing start to a hectic weekend for the Comets, who visit Berwick tonight and then host Leicester on Sunday (7pm) in the Knockout Cup.

EDINBURGH MONARCHS 52: Craig Cook 12+2, Andrew Tully 12+1, Matthew Wethers 9+2, Derek Sneddon 7+1, Theo Pijper 7+1, Micky Dyer 5+1, Marcel Helfer 0

WORKINGTON COMETS 41: Rene Bach 11, Adam Roynon 11, Kyle Howarth 7+3, Ashley Morris 7+2, Richard Lawson 3, Kenny Ingalls 1, Tero Aarnio 1

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