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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Workington Comets humbled by league leaders King's Lynn

King's Lynn 60 Workington Comets 34: Workington Comets went down to a heavy defeat at King’s Lynn last night but face a massive return fixture at Derwent Park on Saturday.

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Hopes: Adrian Rymel

Having wrapped-up the three points from a 60-34 victory, King’s Lynn will be crowned Premier League champions if they win at Workington.

Comets team manager Ian Thomas said: “Saturday is the cut-off date when all the fixtures have to be completed and if we can win against the Stars it will help us stay up there.

“We will know on Saturday night after the meeting whether we are in the top four play-offs or the Young Shield.

“With King’s Lynn bidding for the title and ourselves looking for maximum points to grab fourth spot it is going to be a very important match for both teams.

“I recall Exeter winning at Workington one year to clinch the Premier League title and that’s what King’s Lynn will be doing on Saturday.”

Adrian Rymel was Workington’s only race winner for the Comets at the Norfolk Arena, and he was successful in two heats.

Thomas said: “Heat ten was the highlight of the night for us when Adrian beat their number one Darcy Ward, who hasn’t lost many races at the Norfolk Arena this season.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen him and the kid is very good but in this particular race Adrian took him apart, bursting from the taps and never looking like being caught.

“Adrian got a second hen I used him as a tactical ride and so did our guest Ben Wilson, who did a solid job with ten points for his night’s work.”

Those tactical rides came in heats 11 and 12. Wilson combining with the other guest Simon Lambert to fashion a 5-3 advantage while Rymel was involved in a 4-4 as John Branney finished out of the points.

The defeat by Rymel cost Ward a paid maximum as he finished with 13 and one from his five rides but it was reserve Jan Graversen who stole the limelight for the Stars.

Kept busy, Graversen won three of his seven rides and finished with 14 points and three bonus – his best individual effort of the season.

“Jan did a good job when he gusted for us earlier in the season and I reckon he could be a bit useful for them round Derwent Park on Saturday,” said Thomas.

Graversen was actually used in the final nominated riders race and won it from Ward with Rymel in third place, unable to get in a blow.

“I was reminded that six teams have gone to King’s Lynn and haven’t even managed 30 points. We got 35 in the Premier Trophy and 34 in the Premier

League, so with that sort of statistic, it wasn’t a bad effort,” said Thomas.

The home match with King’s Lynn will be the last of the season in the Premier League, and then it will be a question of arranging fixtures in either the Championship Play-off or the Young Shield.

KINGS LYNN 60

1. Darcy Ward - 3,3,2,3,2* = 13+1

2. R/R for Kozza Smith

3. Emiliano Sanchez - 2,1,3,1,1 = 8

4. Chris Schramm - EF,3,3,3 = 9

5. Tomas Topinka - 2*,3,3,1 = 9+1

6. Linus Eklof - 3,1,2*,EF,1 = 7+1

7. Jan Graversen - 0,2*,3,2*,1*,3,3 = 14+3

WORKINGTON 34

1. Ben Wilson - 2,2,4,2,0 = 10

2. Simon Lambert - 1*,0,0,1,1* = 3+2

3. Adrian Rymel - 3,1,3,4,1 = 12

4. R/R for Richard Lawson

5. Andre Compton - 0,2,2,0,2 = 6

6. Craig Cook - 1,1,0,0,0 = 2

7. John Branney - 0,1,EX,0,0,0 = 1

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