Friday, 12 February 2016

Great meeting to bow out on

AFTER Workington Comets match against Newcastle last week it was difficult to know where to start.

When big things happen at Comets it doesn’t just rain, it pours - pun intended - and there was plenty of talking points following the match.

Firstly, I think without question it was one of the best matches of the season in terms of entertainment.

Close racing passes galore, and the lead changing hands numerous times.

There are far too many highlights to list but anyone who was there witnessed a classic match, as it was predicted to be, and anyone who wasn’t there certainly missed out.

I think that everybody would also agree, that even though we were disappointed to miss out on all three points, Newcastle certainly deserved their bonus point, especially as they finished the meeting with only four fit riders.

They certainly played their part in such an entertaining meeting and should be congratulated for fighting right until the end.

I am sure everybody will send their best wishes to Mark Lemon and Richie Worrall who injured themselves in a horrifying pile up in heat 10.

It was particularly upsetting for Worrall who had been setting the world alight this year and was set to feature in the world under-21 championship. Let us hope they make a speedy recovery.

NOW the issue of Rusty Harrison quitting.

Naturally everybody is disappointed to hear the news after such a popular spell in the team.

It was great to see him return to the sport after it looked like he was lost to it when he contracted deep vein thrombosis in 2008.

He will be sorely missed at Derwent Park especially his bursts from the back.

Although he would of told you that he preferred gating and leading from the front we much preferred it when he missed it and chased riders from behind purely because it was much more entertaining for us to watch.

My enduring memory of Rusty - his battle with Joe Screen a couple of years ago must rank as one of the best races I have seen round Derwent Park.

Two riders with obvious respect for each other going at it hammer and tongs for the full four laps. Brilliant stuff.

By Paul Crute
Published: July 5, 2012


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