Scunthorpe 54 Workington Comets 30: Workington Comets’ wretched run of form away from home continued at lowly Scunthorpe where they crashed to another heavy defeat.

The Premier League clash at the Eddie Wright Raceway was actually abandoned after a crash in heat 15 and before it could be re-run the rain intervened.

It wouldn’t have made any difference, however, with Scunthorpe home and hosed as Workington’s perplexing away form continued.

Team manager Tony Jackson said: “It’s as though we are two different teams away and at home. It happened last year and that has continued this season.

“We had a few problems on the night. Matt Williamson was knocked-off in heat four and was shaken up a bit, and Adam Roynon had a few concerns with his bike.

“We tried hard enough but it just didn’t work out for us and overall it’s very disappointing to lose by so many points again.”

They managed only one heat advantage, and that was helped by a fall in heat four by Scorpions reserve Josh Bailey which eventually led to him withdrawing from the meeting with a shoulder injury.

That happened on the third bend of the fourth lap and the race points were awarded 4-2 in Workington’s favour.

Claus Vissing won that one and he and fellow Dane Rasmus Jensen were Workington’s best on another night to forget.

They each had two race wins and Comets’ only other rider to take the chequered flag was Adam Roynon who won the reserves race.

Jackson probably knew it wasn’t going to be his side’s night in heat seven when he handed tactical ride to Kenneth Hansen.

But it was Jensen who flew from the gates to win while Hansen was passed by Carl Wilkinson at the end of the first lap and he stayed at the back for the rest of the race.

Hansen only managed one point all night after starting with an engine failure in his first outing.

Ricky Wells also had one of those nights, touching the tapes in heat five and after going off 15 metres eventually retired.

And so it went on. Roynon retired on the first lap of heat seven with mechanical problems and he didn’t even make the line-up two races later when he was excluded for the two minute rule.

Then in the final heat of the meeting Jensen locked up on the third bend of the first lap and was hit by Fritz Wallner. Jensen was excluded but the re-run never took place as heavy rain prompted an abandonment.

Scunthorpe boss Rob Godfrey had been targeting wins in the Scorpions’ last four home matches of the campaign, starting against the Comets.

He said: “No-one has gone home from the Eddie Wright Raceway feeling short-changed in terms of the racing on display, because the action has been top-notch.

“But there’s such a massive difference in mood, between if you win a meeting or lose it. Wins bring smiles to the faces. We’ve been so close against Edinburgh and Somerset, without getting over the line.

“I’ve looked at our remaining four home meetings this season, and I honestly believe we can win them all. And if we do that, I think it will haul us off the bottom of the league.”

For Workington the top six will remain an elusive target if they continue to perform like this on their travels.

On Saturday, they visit Berwick for the second leg of a challenge match, leading 37-22 after the abandoned first home leg. Then on Sunday they host the Bandits (7.30pm) in a Premier League fixture.

Saturday’s home fixture against Redcar was called-off in the morning because of heavy overnight rain.

SCUNTHORPE 54: Carl Wilkinson 15+1, Ryan Douglas 12, Josh Auty 10+2, Michael Palm Toft 9+2, Fritz Wallner 7+3, Josh Bailey 1+1, Lewis Kerr r/r

WORKINGTON COMETS 30: Rasmus Jensen 9, Claus Vissing 7, Ricky Wells 5, Adam Roynon 5, Mason Campton 2, Kenneth Hansen 1+1, Matt Williamson 1

Abandoned after 14 heats due to rain – result stands

Premier League points: Scunthorpe 3 Workington 0