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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Workington Comets still having to rely on guest speedway riders

Workington Comets will again be relying on guests for this weekend’s matches after failing to find a replacement for the injured Kyle Howarth.

Kyle Howarth photo
Kyle Howarth

Howarth is out for the rest of the season after breaking bones in both his wrist and back and Comets owner Keith Denham and manager Tony Jackson had hoped to tie up a signing by this weekend but have been unable to find anybody.

Glasgow’s Mason Campton will guest for the team tonight away to Plymouth while Comets have plumped for Jan Graversen for Monday’s visit to Rye House.

However, they are still trying to sort out a rider for the home match with Scunthorpe tomorrow.

Jackson said: “Mason was the only one that was available for Friday but there was a lot more choice for Monday as we are the only Premier League match on.

“We are still looking for a signing but it is not easy because of the averages.

“Newcastle have been looking for longer than us for a replacement for Steve Worrall and they have more pints to play with.

“We will see if anything crops up because you sometimes never know how things will turn out.

“We would like our own riders rather than relying on guests because sometimes you get into the situation we have on Friday when there is only one rider available.

“We will make the best of the situation but we are never going to get anybody who will score as well as Kyle.”

Jackson is hoping for at least four points from the trio of matches this week but feels that it will not be easy.

He added: “Scunthorpe are a very good team so it could be quite difficult and Plymouth are a lot stronger than last year.”

“Plymouth have a strong top two in Ben Barker and Ryan Fisher but if one of them is not on form we could have a chance.”

“At Rye House on Monday I will be very happy with a point because it is a track we have never had a good record at.”

Meanwhile Workington have qualified for the Premier League Pairs at Somerset on August 24 with Richard Lawson and Rene Bach the Comets representatives.

They are in a group with Plymouth, Newcastle, Redcar and Leicester.

Tomorrow’s home match against Scunthorpe will also feature the car versus bike challenge that had been scheduled earlier in the season. Rally ace Matthew Wilson, in his Ford rally car, will take on Comets skipper Richard Lawson on his bike for four laps round the Derwent Park track at 7pm before the start of the meeting.

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