PREVIEWING: THE COMETS DO COMETH

13/05/24

Workington set make their first ever visit league trip to Wimborne Road on Wednesday night

Back in May 2003, the Comets contested an inter-league challenge against the Pirates armed with two big hitters in Carl Stonehewer and Simon Stead, this time around they will arrive with an equally strong top duo of Craig Cook and Troy Batchelor.

Poole promoter Dan Ford is looking forward to hosting the first league encounter between the two clubs saying, "It was great news for British Speedway when Workington re-opened their doors last season and even better news when they decided to make the step up to the Championship this year. It is always nice to create moments of history and Wednesday will have a double helping of it as we will also see a Poole team compete in a league match against a female rider for the first time, and we extend a very warm welcome to Celine (Liebmann), who is most certainly trying to clear the way for more women to break into the sport at league level. They also have a couple of other riders who we have yet to see ride here with Finn Antii Vuolas really making good strides in British speedway and Tate Zischke settling in well."

"Workington have qualified for the final stages of the BSN Series having won their group which contained Scunthorpe and Redcar and that in itself tells a story, so there is no question of this being an easy fixture for us. But we have seen the spirit in the Poole side come to the fore in our matches this season, not least in our three away meetings where we have found ourselves very much on the back foot in the early half of the meeting but gone on to force last heat deciders. I really think we could be in for a very entertaining contest."

Hosting what will be only their third home meeting and sixth in total the Pirates will be keen to add to their league account, which they opened with a thrilling victory at Berwick last weekend. The Comets are currently in the midst of a busy schedule which saw them race at Scunthorpe last Friday (BSN) , then claim the first bonus point of the SGB Cab Direct Championship season with a home defeat of defending champions Glasgow, whilst they were due to ride at Plymouth on Tuesday. before heading back along the south coast for Wednesday's call in at Poole.

Teams:
Poole (TM Neil Middleditch) 1 R.Lawson 2 T.Thomsen 3 T.Brennan 4 Z.Cook 5 B.Cook (Capt) 6 S.Hagon 7 M.Perry
Workington (TM James Denham) 1 C.Cook (Capt) 2 T.Zischke 3 A.Vuolas 4 C.Vissing 5 T.Batchelor 6 C.Liebmann 7 S.McGurk

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