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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Workington Comets’ weekend is complete washout

Workington Comets suffered a washout at the weekend as both their scheduled matches against Plymouth and Glasgow fell victim to the weather.

Tony Jackson photo
Tony Jackson

Heavy rain on Friday night meant the Derwent Park track was still waterlogged on Saturday morning so an early call off was made to prevent Plymouth making the long trip north.

Then on Sunday the away match with Glasgow was called off just two hours before the scheduled start time of 4pm after more rain in Scotland.

Team manager Tony Jackson said conditions at the track were very wet.

He said: “The pits and track were wet but you could have argued that if there was a guarantee of no more rain and the sun had come out that the meeting could have gone ahead.

“However, there was a threat of rain and we went through a period of heavy rain only five miles from the track.

“You could have argued that Glasgow might have been a bit stronger as Chris Mills had pulled out with illness so Josh Grajczonek could have had an extra ride while we were missing Kyle Howarth.

“The lads were disappointed because once they were there they wanted to get racing but it is just one of those things.”

The two weekend postponements has added to the fixture backlog the Comets could already face as they also had their away match with Sheffield called off and last Monday's meeting with Berwick was abandoned.

Jackson has moved quickly to rearrange the match with Glasgow for next Sunday but has said that the other matches will not take place until August or September.

However, the break means the Comets will be able to welcome back Howarth who has already confirmed he will be fit to race next week.

It promises to be a busy second half of the season for Workington as they look to catch up on their Premier League meetings as well as hoping to progress to the finals of the League and Knock Out Cup.

Jackson added: “We are not the only club who have had a lot of rain offs and will have a busy second half of the season as we are way behind with our league fixtures.

“If we have any more I don't know how we will fit them all in but we couldn't get anybody to race down here next Sunday.”

Next Sunday will also see the Northside training track in Workington host the third round of the British under-16 championship starting at 2pm which will see riders such as Workington Comets mascot 10 year old Kyle Bickley take part.

After next Sunday's meeting against Glasgow the Comets face Ipswich away on June 21, Glasgow at home on June 23 and Newcastle at home on June 30.

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