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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Newcastle's Brough Park was worst track I have seen, says Workington Comets chief

Workington Comets boss Keith Denham has a new name for Brough Park, scene of Sunday’s controversial Premier League match.

Keith Denham photo
Keith Denham

Denham now refers to the Newcastle circuit as ‘Rough Park’ and says the track was the worst he had seen and should be ‘bombed.’

Newcastle, the league leaders, won 50-40 but it was the injuries to three Workington riders which really sparked Denham’s anger.

One of them, reserve Kyle Howarth is out for the rest of the season, after picking-up three separate injuries. Tero Aarnio and Rene Bach should be fit to resume on Thursday at Redcar.

An angry Denham said: “When I walked the track half an hour before the meeting I had serious concerns about its condition, even though the weather was fine. Throughout the meeting it was obvious that it was too dangerous to continue.

“Our riders weren’t happy; I know that some of the Newcastle riders felt the same and it really wasn’t fair on the supporters of both teams who had paid their money to watch good speedway.

“I think it was the worst track I had seen. I was so upset afterwards that I told the Newcastle management it should be bombed.

“The riders weren’t able to turn their bikes. Instead of skidding they were stopping and the riders were being catapulted over the handlebars.

“I remember saying to our lads after heat eight that I just wanted to get them out of there safely with no harm done, but I’m afraid it didn’t work out like that.

“Kyle had two falls and as a result his season is over now and this meeting has ruined our prospects. Tero Aarnio and Rene Bach also took knocks but they should be ok for three-in-row starting at Redcar on Thursday.

“I lost count of the number of falls there were in the meeting and I think there were seven re-runs. I just can’t understand how the referee Stuart Wilson and the Newcastle management didn’t realise how bad it was.

“I was speaking to an injured rider who was watching and he said that it made him think it was time to retire!”

Howarth, who has enjoyed a successful first season with the Comets, picked-up three separate injuries – any of which would have ended his season. He has a broken wrist, a cracked hip and a small fracture in his back, and knows he will only be a spectator for the last two months or so.

Denham said: “We are going to use a guest at reserve for the three matches against Redcar, Scunthorpe and Sheffield on successive nights.

“Then we will be sitting down to decide what we can do for the rest of the season when we still have at least 12 matches to ride.

“It’s possible we will have to do a re-shuffle of the line-up but it’s going to be very difficult to find a reserve who will be as successful as Kyle has been for us.”

In-form Comet Adam Roynon and former Workington team-mate Craig Cook have been drafted into the Great Britain team for Wednesday’s Test Match at Poole.

Cook and Roynon replace Tai Woffinden and Lewis Bridger, who have withdrawn due to injury, whilst opponents Australia call-up Ty Proctor in place of broken rib victim Chris Holder.

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