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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Workington Comets finish league season with home loss

Workington Comets 43 Berwick Bandits 47: Workington Comets’ league season ended in disappointing fashion as they suffered only their second home league defeat of the campaign going down 47-43 to a strong Berwick side.

Chris Schramm photo
Chris Schramm

After losing away to the Bandits on Saturday, Comets had to win to realistically keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive but it was ultimately injuries that meant it was too hard a mountain to climb.

Peter Kildemand was still missing with a broken hand and Kenny Ingalls was out with a broken leg following a horror crash at Shielfield on Saturday and although Richard Lawson returned he was still troubled by a shoulder injury.

Former Comet Adrian Rymel looked at home on the Derwent Park shale and won the first heat ahead of Rusty Harrison to put the Bandits into an immediate lead before Lawson won heat two, pressurising Jade Mudgway before passing him, but Luke Priest fell on the last lap while running third, meaning the heat was shared. Comets drew level in the next heat, Harrison winning after passing Michal Makovsky down the home straight on the first lap, with Andre Compton doing well to hold off Paul Clews for third.

However, Comets found themselves behind in the next heat, Lee Complin doing well to hold off Chris Schramm, who was climbing all over the back of the Berwick rider, with Priest not being able to get past Kyle Howarth at the back.

Rymel continued his imperious form in heat five and Marcin Rempala followed him home after a great battle with Compton round the first lap before the Comets rider had to retire with a flat tyre.

Heat six saw Comets fight back to within two points. Craig Cook and Harrison both made brilliant starts to easily take a heat maximum and Chris Schramm took victory in a shred heat seven to keep the gap at two.

Rempala gated well and took victory ahead of Harrison to stretch the Bandits lead to four points in the next heat before Schramm won his second race in succession in another shared heat, as Compton couldn’t get past Mudgway for third.

Comets drew level in heat 10, Harrison winning followed home by Cook following a great battle with Makovsky.

With a lot at stake in the match it was clear tensions were running high as it took three attempts to get a crucial heat 11 underway following two unsatisfactory starts.

It was the Bandits’ top two who came out on top for a 5-1 heat maximum, Rymel and Rempala holding off Schramm round the first lap.

It was that heat that proved too much for the Comets as the four-point lead was maintained to the end with the last four heats shared.

Compton won heat 12 with Lawson unable to do anything from the back of the field and visibly struggling with his shoulder injury, hardly being able to turn the bike.

Schramm rode a brilliant heat 13 to keep Rymel behind him, with Cook unable to get through for third, and then Lawson looked on for victory in the penultimate heat before Makovsky overtook him at the end of the third lap despite the Czech being pressured by Compton early on.

It left Comets needing a heat maximum to force a draw and with Schramm out in front and Harrison pressurising Rempala it looked possible but the Pole went past Schramm to take the victory.

WORKINGTON COMETS 43: Craig Cook 6+1, Rusty Harrison 13+2, Andre Compton 5+1, Rider replacement for Peter Kildemand, Chris Schramm 14, Richard Lawson 5, Luke Priest 0

BERWICK BANDITS 47:  Adrian Rymel 11, Marcin Rempala 11+2, Paul Clews 3+1, Michal Makovsky 8, Lee Complin 7+1, Jade Mudgway 4+2, Kyle Howarth 3+1

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