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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cup semi-finalists Workington Comets in gear for league season

Workington Comets’ attention turns this weekend to their first Premier League meeting after booking a place in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Victories over Redcar and Sheffield guaranteed their place in the semi-finals.

A win at home to Newcastle on May 26 or failure by Scunthorpe or Newcastle to pick up maximum points in their remaining matches would see Comets top the table.

Comets will take on Edinburgh at Derwent Park tomorrow at 7pm having already trounced them in the cup 62-31 in April.

Although Edinburgh have improved since then Comets owner Keith Denham is still confident of overcoming them despite former Comet Craig Cook proving he still knew his way around Derwent Park when he scored 16 points.

Denham said: “I am pretty confident because we have Kenny Ingalls back and Rene Bach is getting back to where we know he can be.

“It is important that in the first three heats we get something on the board because if we don’t it is hard work for the rest of the meeting.

“I don’t want what happened on Saturday night happening again.

“Kyle and Gary had off nights but it shows the strength of the team with Kenny in only his second ride back from injury that we still managed to win the match.”

Comets’ next league fixture is not until June 7 when they travel to Sheffield as they face Scunthorpe in the Knock Out Cup next weekend followed by their final League Cup fixture against Newcastle.

Meanwhile Kyle Howarth has made it in to the British U21 team for the World U21 Team Cup semi-final at Lakeside on May 27.

Howarth joins fellow members Joe Haines, Kyle Newman and the Worrall twins Steve and Richie for the semi where they will take on Denmark, Australia and the Czech Republic.

It means Howarth will be up against riders such as Darcy Ward and Michael Jepsen Jensen.

Howarth said: “I am really happy but it is going to be hard work because all the top lads are on form.

“Everybody is beatable on the day and I just need to make good starts, have a good time and go from there.

“I have ridden Lakeside in the Elite League and it is a decent track but a bit slick so not like Workington.

“I just want to prove to the people that I deserve my spot in the team.”

Howarth has also joined Elite League outfit Poole after being released from King’s Lynn without riding a match. He believes riding in the Elite will help his Premier League form.

Although only scoring two points each match since moving up to No4 he said it was just a bad week for him and believes he will soon be scoring better.

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