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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Captaincy won’t hurt my Workington Comets form, says new speedway skipper

Workington Comet Richard Lawson has said that he feels he will be able to cope with high expectation of the fans this season.

Richard Lawson photo
Richard Lawson

The Maryport youngster was in blistering form last year, racking up double figure scores home and away and is hoping to pick up from where he left off.

He said: “I have proved to myself that I can put in those types of results and I will be disappointed if I don’t get double figures home and away.

“I feel the opposite of having pressure because the results have given me more confidence knowing that I can put them in. This year I will have better equipment so I don’t see why I can’t be doing those scores. Of course you can’t do them every week because speedway doesn’t work like that.”

Lawson also has an extra responsibility after being named captain this year but doesn’t believe it will put any extra pressure on him.

He said: “If someone is having a bad meeting they will look towards me as captain. I may not be the most experienced rider but I have always been there for people and I will carry on doing that.”

Lawson is working with reserve Gary Irving on his starting. Lawson added: “Gary is fast when he is out in front but is sometimes inconsistent with his starts so I am looking to get him up to scratch. If he gets his starts sorted out he can be a very good reserve and that is where you win matches.”

The Workington Speedway Supporters Club has announced its membership renewal nights.

On February 24 there will be one at the Waverley Hotel in Maryport from 7pm to 8pm, on February 26 in the Waverley Hotel in Workington from 4pm to 6pm and one in Whitehaven with the venue and times still to be confirmed. The prices are £5 for adults, £3 for children under 16 and £15 for a family ticket which includes two adults and up to three children.

The supporters club AGM will take place at the Waverley Hotel in Workington on March 9 at 7.30pm.

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