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Workington Comets match abandoned after crash

Workington Comets reserve Kyle Howarth had a lucky escape after he was involved in a nasty looking crash in their match with Berwick Bandits last night.

Kyle Howarth photo
Kyle Howarth

It was suspected that Howarth could have suffered serious back injuries after he came to grief in heat 10 after tangling with Berwick rider Lee Complin when trying to hold on to third.

Complin injured his hand in the incident but Howarth came off worst as he was left with nowhere to go and ended up heavily clattering into the fence. He was given on-track treatment for more than half an hour and two ambulances and a stretcher were in attendance.

Howarth was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and had x-rays on his back and legs which showed that nothing was broken. He was discharged last night and travelled back to his home in Manchester.

It is unclear whether he will be fit to ride in Workington’s match away to Sheffield on Thursday but team manager Tony Jackson said they will assess the situation in a couple of days.

He added: “He will be very stiff and sore but we will have to wait and see if he is fit and ready to ride in a couple of days.

“He might ride Thursday but we have to look on the side of caution and if he is not fit we will use a guest.”

Workington Comets owner Keith Denham said that apart from Howarth’s injury the meeting had been a good one but it will have to be re-run at a later date as it did not reach the required 12 heats to force a result.

The Comets had been using their new riding order with Richard Lawson at No1, Rene Bach at three with Adam Roynon moving back up into the main body of the team and Howarth dropping back down to reserve.

Workington’s next task will be try to win their away matches at Sheffield on Thursday and Glasgow on Sunday – places where they have already won in the League Cup this season.

Denham said: “It was a sad end to a good meeting.

“There was some good racing and the riding order was fine and we were in command. I hope to win our next three matches as I think we are better than we were before.”



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