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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Kyle Howarth horror crash mars Workington Comets match with Berwick

Workington Comets 36 Berwick Bandits 27 (match abandoned): A serious accident involving Workington Comets’ rider Kyle Howarth resulted in the match against Berwick Bandits being abandoned after 10 heats last night.

Howarth was involved in a nasty looking fall after a tangle with Lee Complin in heat 10 in which the Berwick rider also injured his hand.

Howarth was left with nowhere to go and clattered heavily into the fence damaging it in the process.

He was extensively treated on track for more than half an hour before being taken to hospital with two paramedics in attendance.

However, X-Rays later revealed that Howarth hd escaped serious injury and had no broken bones.

It meant there was not sufficient medical cover left for the remainder of the meeting so there was no other alternative to abandon it with the Comets leading 36-27 at the time.

The result does not stand as the meeting had not reached the required 12 heats needed to force a result.

It was a sad end to what had been an entertaining meeting with the Comets, using their new riding order for the first time, scoring solidly throughout with Berwick keeping them honest inspired by a couple of brilliant rides from Swede Sebastian Alden.

Skipper Richard Lawson was starting from the position of number one for the first time but it did not affect him at all as he battled hard with Lubos Tomicek up to the third bend of the first lap before then being comfortable although Kenny Ingalls was well off the pace at the back.

The Comets reserve pairing of Gary Irving and Howarth made the perfect starts in heat two to take Workington’s first heat maximum with Alex Edberg falling on the first bend of the second lap but managed to clear the track in time to prevent the race being stopped.

The strong pairing of Rene Bach and Adam Roynon were fast from the tapes in heat three with Bach winning comfortably before a shared heat four which involved a brilliant tussle between Howarth and Alden.

Howarth rode a hard line round the second bend to hold off Alden but the Swede stayed close and chased him down and passed him round the outside of the fourth bend of the last lap to snatch the win with Rusty Harrison in third after passing Jason King on the inside of the fourth bend on the second lap.

Roynon and Bach then took another heat maximum Bach gating and led out of turn two but Roynon took up the lead from the start of the second lap.

It put the Comets 21-9 up so it was no surprise the impressive Alden was nominated as a tactical ride in heat six for double points.

Lawson and Alden fought for the lead at the first bend but Edberg fell and was disqualified.

In the re-run Lawson got ahead of Alden at the start but Alden kept the chase up and dived up the inside of Lawson on the second bend of the final lap in what was a great move to take the six points. Complin won fairly comfortably from Harrison in a shared heat seven before confusion reigned in the next race.

Howarth got out of sorts on the back straight to lose the lead to King but then retook it when he passed King on the fourth bend of the first lap before his bike packed up.

The race was then stopped after referee Stuart Wilson had left the two minute warning light on which had led to the riders slowing down.

The race was re-run and Tomicek gated but Howarth managed to force his way into first down the back straight with Ingalls holding on to third despite nearly losing it on the second bend of the third lap.

Heat nine pitted the three unbeaten riders of Bach, Roynon and Alden together and the race didn’t disappoint as a fantastic race ensued out at the front between Roynon and Alden.

Roynon did a fantastic job doing everything possible to keep the Swede behind him to hold on for the win.

Heat 10 turned out to be the last race of the night as David Bellego gated and won despite a hard charge from Lawson.

However, behind them Lee Complin came up hard and jostled for position with Howarth on the third bend of the last lap and after both tangling Howarth came to grief ending up damaging the fence after hitting it hard wit the race being awarded.

He was disqualified and after extensive on track treatment he was taken to hospital by ambulance and the score was left at 36-27 in favour of the Comets.

However, with no adequate medical cover and the meeting not reaching the required 12 heats to force a result the meeting will have to be re-run at a later date.

WORKINGTON COMETS 36: Adam Roynon 8+1, Kyle Howarth 7+1, Richard Lawson 7, Rene Bach 5+1, Gary Irving 4+2, Rusty Harrison 3+1, Kenny Ingalls 2+1

BERWICK BANDITS 27: Seb Alden 11, Lee Complin 5, Lubos Tomicek 4, David Bellego 3, Ricky Ashworth 2+1, Ales Edbrg 1+1, Jason King 1

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