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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Maximum haul for James Wright as Workington Comets win again

Workington Comets 57 Berwick Bandits 36: Workington Comets made it 12 points out of 12 at home as they convincingly beat Berwick Bandits.

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Comets' Peter Kildemand lead Bandits’ Charlie Gjedde

The Comets’ 57-36 win on Monday night made it three straight victories for them and means they are full of confidence as they face Newport home and away next week.

Each Comet was paid for a win with James Wright going through the card for a 15-point full maximum and, for the second week in a row, former Comet Adam Roynon was top scorer for the visitors with a paid 14 points.

Despite the big winning margin, the crowd again were treated to some spectacular heats from the riders.

Comets, for the first time this season, got off to a strong start, securing a heat maximum in the first race with James Wright and Richard Lawson battling their way to the front and from there on they were untroubled.

Hynek Stichauer saw a recurrence of his shoulder injury and had to be withdrawn which meant that Berwick would have to go into two further heats with only one rider to cover his rides as the Czech was declared fit at the start of the meeting.

Roynon took an easy victory in a shared second heat before Comets took another heat maximum, Rusty Harrison doing well to fend off fellow Aussie Kozza Smith round the first two bends which allowed Tomas Topinka to take victory.

A brilliant heat four then ensued with fantastic rides by Gary Irving, Lee Complin and Peter Kildemand.

Irving took the win but all eyes were on Kildemand and Complin who passed and re-passed each other for the first two laps before Complin got the better of the Dane down the home straight to take second.

Harrison rode well to keep Charlie Gjedde out of second place before Topinka allowed Harrison through to win heat five to put Comets 14 points clear.

It meant the Bandits used their first tactical ride as early as heat six and it was no surprise that it was Roynon who put on the black and white helmet.

However, it was his fellow Bandit Complin who went ahead with James Wright and Lawson in second and third.

However, Lawson, although trying his best, could not keep Roynon behind him but he could not pass his team mate which meant he only secured two points in third.

Berwick then recorded their only heat maximum of the night with Josef Franc and Smith fast out of the gate, Smith doing well to hold off a strong challenge from Kildemand.

Berwick were again quick out of the gates in the next heat but both Lawson and then Irving got the better of Jade Mudgway to share the heat.

Great racing from all four riders in heat nine saw plenty of passing and Comets take a 4-2 heat advantage with Harrison coming out on top with Topinka unlucky to see himself relegated to third.

Lawson gated well in heat 10 and after James Wright got past Franc down the back straight, he then took the lead at the start of the third lap for a heat maximum.

Charles Wright and Kildemand went either side of Gjedde to record Comets second successive heat maximum before Berwick replied with a 4-2 heat advantage Roynon taking the victory.

James Wright won heat 13 with Kildemand in second after he flew round the outside of both Gjedde and Complin on the second bend.

Berwick elected to take their second tactical ride in the penultimate heat but Franc could only take second behind Harrison for a shared heat before James Wright completed his maximum with a big win in the last heat with Harrison unable to make any impression from the back.

WORKINGTON COMETS 57: James Wright 15, Richard Lawson 6+2, Tomas Topinka 8+1, Rusty Harrison 11+1, Peter Kildemand 6+2, Charles Wright 5+1, Gary Irving 6+1

BERWICK BANDITS 36: Charlie Gjedde 3, Hynek Stichauer 0, Kozza Smith 4+1, Josef Franc 10, Lee Complin 6+1, Adam Roynon 13+1, Jade Mudgway 0

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