Workington Comets face two ‘six-pointers’ in a row as they target a return to the SGB Championship’s top four.

Last Thursday’s point at Redcar lifted Workington into the play-off places but the abandoned meeting against Lakeside and the postponed visit of the Bears saw them slip back out. For team manager Tony Jackson the focus is now on climbing back up the table.

Comets will use rider replacement for Dan Bewley tonight at Edinburgh (7.30pm start) following his season-ending crash at the weekend but Redcar’s Ben Barker will guest for them in tomorrow’s home meeting against the Monarchs (7pm start), while Mason Campton will drop to reserve.

Jackson said: “We are now into a run of crunch matches against fellow play-off contenders so a match against Edinburgh is effectively another one of those six-pointers and having Ben in as a guest gives us a bit of insurance should we suffer any misfortune on the night.

“Ben was really keen to help out and he always gives 100 per cent so he was the obvious choice for Saturday, which promises to be a cracking match against an Edinburgh side that is significantly stronger than they were earlier in the season.”

Ty Proctor is set to represent Workington in the Championship Riders’ Individual at Sheffield on Sunday (5pm start), with Kyle Bickley a reserve.

Comets then go to Scunthorpe next Friday in the Championship Shield before Redcar visit Derwent Park next Saturday as the second part of a doubleheader, with the first meeting against Newcastle.

Peterborough then come to West Cumbria on Friday, September 14 before Workington travel to Newcastle on Sunday, September 16.