Workington Comets to face champions without Kenny Ingalls
Last updated at 12:34, Friday, 13 April 2012
Workington will face a double header with current Premier League champions Glasgow this weekend without the services of Kenny Ingalls.
The Californian injured his shoulder in a spill at Newcastle on April 1 and has not recovered sufficiently to return to competitive action although it is hoped that he will be able to return against Edinburgh next Friday.
Workington will use rider replacement for Ingalls for the weekend matches with the home match starting at 7pm on Saturday and the Sunday meeting at Glasgow beginning at 4pm.
Despite running with only six riders Comets owner Keith Denham believes they will have too much for the Tigers, who have only won of their opening three League Cup fixtures, with only Rene Bach and Richard Lawson ineligible to take the extra rides.
Denham said he was also looking forward to Glasgow rider Joe Screen returning to the Derwent Park track following his epic battles with Rusty Harrison two years ago and hoped it would generate more interest and see a few more fans come down.
The picture of who will qualify from the League Cup Northern section should become a lot clearer after the weekend with Workington needing to complete four fixtures after last night’s match with Redcar was called off.
They also have to host Newcastle and Sheffield as well as travel to Edinburgh.
Workington currently sit top of the Northern section of the League Cup level on points with Scunthorpe with a match in hand.
If they do finish top they will more than likely face Ipswich who are top of the Southern section five points clear.
He added: “We need to win the Northern section and then keep driving forward.”
Denham has been pleased with the Derwent Park action and attendance levels this season and said the racing has been better than maybe the scorelines suggest and was hoping for another good turnout on Saturday.
The form of Kyle Howarth for the Comets, where he has top scored in three of the four matches, has seen him earn a call up to Elite League side King’s Lynn, where he will share a doubling up role with Dakota North although Denham said Howarth’s main commitments will still be with Workington.
He said: “He will probably only have a maximum of six rides a season for King’s Lynn because the Premier League comes first for him.
“It will give the lad a chance and it is good experience for him.
“He is a level headed lad and hopefully he can ramp it up in the Elite next season and go the same was as Richard.”
First published at 11:30, Friday, 13 April 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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