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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Workington Comets hammer Redcar to move into last eight

Workington Comets 55 Redcar Bears 35 (Agg: 101-79): Workington Comets roared into the last eight of the Premier League Knock Out Cup with a convincing second-leg victory over Redcar Bears.

Kenny Ingalls photo
Kenny Ingalls

Workington were leading by only two points after the first leg at Redcar and the Bears made sure they kept it close for the first half of the meeting before the Comets stamped their authority on the match and pulled clear towards the end to set up a quarter final meeting with Sheffield.

Although James Wright top scored with 13 points it was the performance of American Kenny Ingalls who stole the show.

The American, who struggled two weeks ago with his comeback form a broken leg, scored a paid maximum - his first ever in British speedway in only his fourth match back from injury.

The Bears actually drew level on aggregate after the first heat, Peter Juul gating and although he was pressured hard by Richard Lawson the Maryport youngster couldn’t get past him before he suffered mechanical problems meaning he had to retire.

Charles Wright and Ingalls then paired up in the reserves race to post Comets first heat maximum with Ingalls making a great pass on Juul on the final bend of the first lap to take second.

Matej Kus got the jump on Rusty Harrison in heat three and despite the Aussie’s best effort he couldn’t get back past him before Ingalls led from start to finish doing a brilliant job to keep Aaron Summers behind him.

Track record holder Jason Lyons was fast round the outside of Workington captain Tomas Topinka to win a shred heat five and the gap was still kept to four points on the night, and six on aggregate, as James Wright was miles ahead in heat six with Gary Havelock and Juul riding very intelligently to prevent Lawson from getting past them despite his best efforts.

Peter Kildemand fought his way to the front in the next heat where he stayed with Charles Wright doing well to hold on to third from Kus.

Kus was in the thick of the action again but this time he was unable to pass Ingalls who did a brilliant job of holding off the hard charging Czech but Juul forced his way past Lawson to share the heat.

It was from then on that Comets started pull clear Topinka shooting up the inside of Juul on the third bend of the first lap to follow home Harrison before it was James Wright’s turn to prevent Kus from getting past although he had managed to pass Lawson on the final bend of the first lap.

Lyons battled to the front in heat 11 ahead of Kildemand with Charles Wright passing Robert Branford on the home straight at the end of the first lap.

In heat 12 Kus missed the two minute time allowance and went off a 15 metre handicap but was then disqualified for moving at the start.

It meant Topinka and Ingalls were not troubled as they won by a huge margin and also made the tie safe with three heats still to run.

Lyons battled hard with James Wright round the four laps and passed him on the final bend of the last lap to share the heat before Comets ended up with two 4-2 heat advantages.

Harrison climbed all over the back of Havelock in the penultimate heat before going round the outside of the veteran on the second bend of the last lap to take the win before James Wright capped off an impressive display for the Comets with a win in heat 15.

Comets were only denied a maximum in that heat when Topinka attempted a daring manoeuvre shooting up the inside of Lyons on the third bend of the first lap but could not make it stick and Lyons grabbed second place back down the home straight.

WORKINGTON COMETS 55: James Wright 13, Richard Lawson 1, Tomas Topinka 8+3, Rusty Harrison 10, Peter Kildemand 7+1, Charles Wright 6+1, Kenny Ingalls 10+2

REDCAR BEARS 35: Jason Lyons 12, Rider replacement for Adam Roynon, Matej Kus 7, Gary Havelock 4, Aaron Summers 5, Peter Juul 7+2, Robert Branford 0

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