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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Workington Comets earn bonus point at King's Lynn

King's Lynn 49 Workington Comets 44: Workington Comets produced one of their best performances of the season to earn a point at reigning Premier League champions King’s Lynn Stars.

Chris Schramm photo
Chris Schramm

Points for the opposition at the Norfolk Arena are few and far between so for the Comets to go there and pick-up a bonus point was an outstanding effort.

Delighted team manager Ian Thomas said: “That point against the Stars was the equivalent to the four we earned at Newport on Sunday.

“To be honest, apart from perhaps Birmingham, I can’t see anyone else going there and earning a bonus.

“I felt very proud of the effort the boys put in and it certainly compensated for last Saturday’s home defeat by Sheffield.

“We copped a lot o flak for that defeat and I only hope the same fans come-up with some praise for this effort at King’s Lynn.”

It was an old boys’ reunion – with two former Comets in the Stars’ line-up and two ex-King’s Lynn riders appearing or Workington.

In fact it became a battle between the four of them as Kevin Doolan and Joe Haines scored paid maximums for the Stars while Chris Schramm (15) and Rusty Harrison (14) even outscored them.

After four heats, in fact, the Comets led 13-11 which must have been a shock to the King’s Lynn system.

Threat heart maximums in the next seven races helped the Stars into a ten point lead which prompted Thomas to use Schramm s a tactical ride in heat twelve.

With Schramm beating Kozzer Smith and Richard Lawson in third the 7-2 put Workington back in the contest.

A 5-1 from Doolan and Tomas Topinka in heat thirteen left the Comets nine points shy and the bonus point looked out of the question.

But a superb 5-1 in the penultimate race from Harrison and Craig Cook gave them a chance and the 3-3 in the last clinched it.

Thomas said: “We’ve had some bad luck this season but we got some good fortune in the last two heats. Linus Eklof had an engine failure in heat fourteen and Tomas Topinka fell off in the last so we got what we were looking for.

“I was talking to Buster Chapman their promoter and he said he wished every meeting could be like that. He congratulated us on our effort and said we were too good to go away with nothing so deserved the bonus point.

“I’m looking forward now to Saturday’s home match with Newcastle and a continuation of this form.”

The meeting had opened with three 5-1’s, two of them to Workington, as Harrison and Lawson dominated the reserves race while Schramm and Cook carried too much ammunition for Eklof an Smith.

Harrison split Topinka an Casper Wortmann in the fourth to kept the Comets in front but Peter Kildemand was in trouble at the back and seemed uneasy.

In fact after running two lasts he changed hi bike and promptly won heat nine although he was out-gunned again in heat thirteen.

The first shared heat of the night didn’t come until the seventh race when Schramm looked particularly fast after gating well to race away from Topinka and Darren Mallett.

By the time Kildemand won heat nine the Comets were still eight points in arrears and it increased when Doolan and Haines earned a 5-1 in the tenth.

Schramm chased hard and looked ready to pounce when he made a mistake on lap three and his challenge petered out.

In a brilliant heat eleven Harrison came from third place to get round Topinka and Mallett while Andre Compton passed the King’s Lynn reserve on the race to the line.

Schramm did the business with the black and white helmet colour on and the 7-2 rocked the Stars before they hit back with Doolan and Topinka’s maximum in heat thirteen.

Then came Workington final thrust, and with the aid of a little good fortune, did enough to earn a much-deserved bonus point.

Thomas said: “I have to pay tribute to Schrammy and Rusty. They were both magnificent and really set us up for the point.”

KINGS LYNN STARS 49: Kevin Doolan 14+1, Joe Haines 10+2, Kozza Smith 6+1, Linus Eklof 5+1, Tomas Topinka 9+1, Darren Mallett 2+1, Casper Wortmann 3

WORKINGTON COMETS 44: Andre Compton 4, John Branney 0, Chris Schramm 15, Craig Cook 4+2, Peter Kildemand 3, Richard Lawson 4+1, Rusty Harrison 14+1,

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