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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Under-strength Workington Comets beat champions elect Edinburgh

Workington Comets 51 Edinburgh Monarchs 42: Workington Comets produced a magnificent display to inflict only Edinburgh’s third defeat of the season.

Kenny Ingalls photo
Kenny Ingalls

Comets beat the Premier League champions elect 51-42 and the victory was made even more impressive as it was achieved without two of their riders.

Peter Kildemand was still sidelined with a broken hand and Richard Lawson was out with a dislocated shoulder while the Monarchs were at full strength.

Comets had booked National League rider Steven Worrall to cover for Lawson while rider replacement operated for Kildemand while they welcomed back Andre Compton after he had missed the last three matches with a back injury.

Edinburgh’s Ryan Fisher, not the most popular rider in the stadium, took victory in the first heat with Rusty Harrison just unable to hold off the American round the first two bends.

Kenny Ingalls won by a huge margin in the next heat with Worrall doing a great job to take third to draw Comets level.

Great riding from Compton and Harrison at the start secured Comets first heat maximum and then Andrew Tully took victory in heat four doing well to get ahead of Ingalls at the start.

Compton, who looked back to his best after his lay off, took his second victory by a huge margin in heat five before Comets moved eight points clear.

Craig Cook made an excellent start to take his first victory with Harrison doing well to keep Tully behind him despite going a bit high into the last bend on the final lap.

Edinburgh took a heat advantage in heat seven with Chris Schramm unable to get near enough to Kalle Katajisto to pass him.

Comets third heat maximum - Harrison taking victory from Ingalls who did well to hold off Matthew Wethers when he came under pressure - paved way for Edinburgh to take a tactical ride.

It was Tully who donned the black and white helmet but Compton led out of the first two bends with Schramm in third.

However, Tully chasing Compton hard went too deep into the first bend of the third lap and hit the fence.

The race was awarded to the Comets pair to keep the gap at 14 points.

Harrison and Cook followed Kevin Wolbert home in a shared heat 10 before Edinburgh took their last throw of the dice with Fisher taking their second tactical ride.

Schramm gated well and led until Fisher passed him on the final bend of the first lap and he led away for six points.

Schramm then did well to hold off Wethers after he was nearly passed on the final bend of the last lap.

Comets then kept their nine point advantage until the end of the meeting sharing the last four heats.

Wolbert won heat 12 after passing Compton on the second bend of the last lap with Ingalls going past Lawson on the line before Fisher won heat 13.

It looked like Edinburgh were on for a 5-1 in the penultimate heat before Compton forced his way into second going past William Lawson down the back straight and then Ingalls went up the inside of the Monarchs rider on the last lap in a daring manoeuvre to take third.

It meant Edinburgh needed a 5-1 in the last heat to snatch a bonus point and it looked a possibility when Fisher and Wolbert were slightly ahead fighting wheel to wheel with Harrison and Compton.

The rides came together on the first bend of the second lap which ended up with Compton in the fence but Wolbert was disqualified as the primary cause of the accident after he had made contact with the Comets rider.

Fisher took the victory in the re-run despite a strong charge from Harrison but it didn’t matter as the heat was shared and the Comets took the three points.

WORKINGTON COMETS 51: 

1. Craig Cook - 0,0,3,1*,1* = 5+2

2. Rusty Harrison - 2,2*,2*,3,2,2 = 13+2

3. Andre Compton - 3,3,3,2,2,1* = 14+1

4. Rider replacement for Peter Kildemand

5. Chris Schramm - 1*,2,2*,2,2 = 9+2

6. Steven Worrall - 1,0,0 = 1

7. Kenny Ingalls - 3,2,2*,1*,1* = 9+3

EDINBURGH MONARCHS 42:

1. Ryan Fisher - 3,2,6^,3,3 = 17

2. Matthew Wethers - 1,1*,1,1 = 4+1

3. Kevin Wolbert - 1,1,3,3, D/Q = 8

4. Kalle Katajisto - 0,3,0,3 = 6

5. Andrew Tully - 3,1,F = 4

6. Arlo Bugeja - 0,0,1 = 1

7. William Lawson - 2,0,0,0,0,0 = 2

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