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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Workington Comets semi-final at Scunthorpe abandoned

Scunthorpe Scorpions 22 Workington Comets 8 (abandoned): Workington Comets have it all to do again on Friday after last night’s Young Shield semi-final second leg was abandoned after five heats.

Rusty Harrison photo
Rusty Harrison

Initially Scunthorpe had given their rain-off date as tonight but there was so much water on the Eddie Wright Raceway at the end it was agreed that it wouldn’t be ready in time.

Workington, in particular, will be happy to try again on Friday (7.30pm) as they were getting the worst of it in the rain, trailing 22-8 with their first leg lead dramatically whittled down to just 12 points.

The track had been in decent shape at the start and when the rain started to fall heavily it was more the visibility that was causing a problem rather than the state of the surface.

The meeting was halted after four races with Workington trailing 19-5 and it was agreed to give it 20 minutes or so to see if the rain eased.

There was, in fact, a lull so heat five went ahead and although Craig Cook retired at the start of the second lap Rusty Harrison went round in front to take the three points.

Heat six started but when Richard Lawson fell at the start of the second lap the race was stopped with the Comets reserve excluded.

But the re-run never took place and as the rain continued to cause problems the meeting was called-off.

Comets team manager Ian Thomas said: “We were all soaked and it was the right decision, not so much the track but the visibility which was making it very difficult.

“It’s going to be hectic sorting everything out but we will go down there on Friday to try again. If we are successful then we will stage the first leg of the final on Saturday with the return at Rye House on Sunday.”

Workington have a 26-point lead from Saturday’s first leg while Rye House beat Newport on aggregate to book their place in the final.

The Comets have won the competition for the last two years and are determined to hang onto it for a third time.

SCUNTHORPE SCORPIONS 22 (35): David Howe 3, Viktor Bergstrom 2, Tero Aarnio 4, Carl Wilkinson 4, Magnus Karlsson 3, Jan Graversen 1, Simon Lambert 5

WORKINGTON COMETS 8 (61): Rusty Harrison 4, Craig Cook 0, Andre Compton 1, Peter Kildemand R, Chris Schramm 1, Richard Lawson 0, Casper Wortmann 2

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