A mixed weekend saw Comets steamroller reigning Premier League champions Edinburgh at the Zebra Claims Stadium to earn their first league points before being humbled in the League Cup at Newcastle.

Every Comets rider chipped in as they dethroned the Monarchs 57-36 with a team performance to take all three league points with relative ease.

They then travelled to Brough Park where the West Cumbrians suffered a 56-37 defeat as they struggled to cope with a tricky track.

Team manager Tony Jackson described the weekend as a mixed bag despite a ‘fantastic’ team performance on Saturday.

He said: “We gave a great account of ourselves at Edinburgh on Friday and were excellent last night but then disappointing tonight.

“The track tonight was a lot slicker than it was when we went there four weeks ago.

“It really was from the gate, there was one racing line and if you got on that you were okay.

“In heat 15 Robert Lambert virtually forced Ricky Wells onto the grass when they came away from the tapes so I was a bit surprised the referee didn’t bring that back.

“I thought the 5-1s in heat 14 and 15 flattered them but we’re disappointed.”

Newcastle started stronger last night with a 4-2 in the opening heat, Wells splitting Lambert and Lewis Rose.

Two 5-1s from the next two races cemented the hosts’ dominance as they threatened to steamroller Workington, but a 3-3 in heat four stemmed the tide.

Steve Worrall was out of reach at the front but Claus Vissing and Matt Williamson finished behind him after Danny Phillips fell to share the spoils.

A captain’s ride in a black and white helmet from Wells earned a 6-3 in heat five, giving Comets a glimmer of hope, although Rasmus Jensen couldn’t find a path past Ludvig Lindgren and Matej Kus.

The Diamonds responded to the setback with another 5-1, Lambert and Rose ahead of Vissing, to make it 25-14 after six races and leave Comets with a tough task to get back into the meeting.

Both sides recorded 4-2s in heats seven and eight, with Kenneth Hansen romping home from the gate ahead of Worrall and Mason Campton before Lindgren finished ahead of Jensen and Rose.

After Lindgren fell and was excluded for the hosts in heat nine, Comets sniffed an opening in the rerun.

Vissing and Adam Roynon made the most of it, achieving a 5-1 from the gate to boost Workington’s chances of getting something out of the meeting.

But the home side extended their lead to nine points with a 4-2 in heat 10, Lambert passing both Comets after they gated before Rose eventually won an entertaining battle with Hansen to finish third behind Mason Campton.

Back-to-back draws in heats 11 and 12 kept the deficit at nine points and left the door open for Comets to sneak back into the points, but they couldn’t get to grips with the track and fell to a 4-2 and a 5-1 to end their hopes before the final heat.

Workington would have hoped to restore some pride in the heat 15 but it was not to be, as Worrall and Lambert fended off Vissing and Wells to end a dismal night for Workington with a 5-1.

Premier League: WORKINGTON COMETS 57: Ricky Wells 11+2, Claus Vissing 11, Mason Campton 9, Kenneth Hansen 8+1, Adam Roynon 7+2, Rasmus Jensen 6+1, Matt Williamson 5+3

EDINBURGH MONARCHS 36: Erik Riss 14, Kevin Wolbert 11, Ryan Fisher 6, Sam Masters 2, Dan Bewley 2, Jye Etheridge 1, Max Clegg 0

League Cup:  NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS 56: Steve Worrall 14, Robert Lambert 12+1, Lewis Rose 11+1, Ludvig Lindgren 9+2, Matej Kus 8+1, Danny Phillips 2+1, Tero Aarnio r/r

WORKINGTON COMETS 37: Ricky Wells 12, Claus Vissing 7, Mason Campton 5, Kenneth Hansen 4+1, Adam Roynon 4+1, Rasmus Jensen 3+1, Matt Williamson 2+1