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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Unlucky Workington Comets miss out on bonus point at Glasgow

Glasgow Tigers 49 Workington Comets 41: Without three members of their regular line-up, Workington Comets were desperately unlucky not to earn a bonus point at Glasgow’s Ashfield.

Richard Lawson photo
Richard Lawson

A 5-1 for the Tigers in the final heat ensured that they took all three points and frustratingly left the Comets leaving without a single point.

For a long period in the meeting the Comets led by two points or the two teams were level, as it proved to be a very close contest with 11 heats shared.

Although the Comets only managed four heat wins – with reserves Richard Lawson and Kenny Ingalls picking-up two apiece – they only had four last places on their race card, apart from falls or exclusions.

Team manager Ian Thomas said: “Sometimes you drive away from a meeting angry or disappointed that the team hadn’t ridden very well. But we rode well and were desperately unlucky not to get something out of it.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that we would have won with our regular line-up because Peter Kildemand and Rusty Harrison in particular go well round Ashfield.

“But having said that the lads who came in as guests rode their socks off and I couldn’t fault their effort and commitment.

“We ride again at Redcar on Thursday and I can’t say at this moment in time just who of the three missing riders will be back to take on the Bears.

“I’m assuming Rusty will have recovered from the viral infection which has laid him low over the week-end. I will be speaking to Andre Compton today and to Peter tomorrow.”

Compton hurt his back at work while Kildemand suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury when he rode in Denmark on Friday.

Guests at Ashfield on Sunday were two Australian teenagers Taylor Poole (16) and Hugh Skidmore (19) who are exciting long-term prospects in the sport.

Poole, who rides for Stoke, scored three third places but each with a bonus point, and he also fell off and was excluded in his other outing.

Sheffield’s Skidmore scored four and a bonus from three rides but he was also excluded in his other ride for being over the two minute mark at the start.

“I was very pleased with the way they got stuck in for us and they certainly did their bit,” said Thomas.

Not for the first time at Glasgow, however, it was Richard Lawson who emerged as top rider – against the team for whom his father Steve was a legend.

Kept busy in the reserve berth with the maximum seven outings Lawson scored in all but one of his races and helped himself to 13 points and a bonus.

He had started impressively with two straight wins while American Kenny Ingalls bounced back from finishing last in the reserves race to win his next two outings.

Lawson’s win in heat three edged Workington in front as Skidmore took third for a 4-2. The fact that former Elite League rider Travis McGowan was the runner-up gave Lawson added satisfaction.

Workington held that two point advantage until heat nine when the Tigers engineered a 4-2 of their own with McGowan beating Chris Schramm with Lawson suffering a rare failure at the back.

Schramm had suffered misfortune in his first outing when he shed a chain in heat four when he and Ingalls were on a 5-1 for the Comets.

The two sides remained level until heat thirteen when Josh Grajczonek and Joe Screen engineered the first 5-1 of the night. The penultimate heat was shared leaving Workington needing a 5-1 in the last to square the meeting.

Unfortunately Schramm was crowded out by McGowan on the third bend of the opening lap and had to bail out. Referee Dave Dowling ruled the Workington skipper out of the re-run.

Cook needed first or second to earn Workington a bonus point but Joe Screen and McGowan raced to only the second 5-1 of the meeting to wrap-up the match.

GLASGOW TIGERS 49: Joe Screen 14+1, Lee Dicken 2, Rider replacement for John Branney, Travis McGowan 13+1, Josh Grajczonek 13+1, Nick Morris 4, Mitchell Davey 3+2

WORKINGTON COMETS 41: Craig Cook 7, Taylor Poole 3+3, Hugh Skidmore 4+1, Rider replacement for Peter Kildemand, Chris Schramm R 6+1, Richard Lawson 13+1, Kenny Ingalls 8+2

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