ROCKETS ROCKED BY COMETS
Saturday August 30, 2014
The Silver Ski Rockets gave up 60 points for the sixth time this season as they went down 63-31 to a rampant Workington side at Derwent Park. Conversely, the 32 point spread represented the Comets’ biggest winning margin of the campaign.

Edward Kennett – with three race wins – and Jason Garrity contributed no less than 26 of the Rockets’ 31 point total, as the visitors failed to gain a heat advantage all night. They did hold their hosts to a respectable 28-16 at Heat 7, only for Workington to take total control via five unopposed 5-1s in the second half of the meeting.

Rye House team manager John Sampford reflected afterwards, “It really was all about gating tonight. Edward made three excellent starts, and won those races easily, but he found it so much harder in his other heats. He also hit carburettor problems in his last race which we will need to sort out before tomorrow’s match.

“Jason Garrity also rode well, and Oliver Greenwood rode much better than his paid 3 suggests. He rode tenaciously, and received scant reward for his efforts – but you just had to gate, and he couldn’t quite make it there.”

Rye House scorers:

Edward Kennett 15 (6 rides, inc 4 as a TR), Jason Garrity 11 (6 rides, inc 4 as a TR), Oliver Greenwood 2+1 (6), Steve Boxall 2 (5), Aaron Fox (guest) 1 (4), Benji Compton (guest) 0 (3), Anders Mellgren R/R

Workington scorers:

Rene Bach 12 (4 rides, max), Kyle Howarth 11+2 (5), Mason Campton 11+2 (5), Simon Lambert 9+2 (4) Ricky Wells 9 (4), Josh Grajczonek 7+3 (4), Joe Jacobs 4+1 (4)

Match Points: Workington 3 Rye House 0

The Rockets will be targeting their first away win – and match points – in the League when they travel on to Glasgow tomorrow afternoon. They will once again have to contend with absences, with Benji Compton subbing again for Luke Bowen, Alex Edberg in for Jason Bunyan and Rider-Replacement in operation for the departed Anders Mellgren.

The Tigers’ issues, however, are seemingly worse. They will have to deal with the absence of Kevin Wölbert (who is involved in the German national championship, as well as Kasper Lykke and Victor Palovaara (who are both competing in the European U-21 Championship), necessitating two National League level guests, while Dimitri Berge’s injury absence is covered by a further guest in Aaron Fox.

Sampford recognises the clear opportunity at hand to capitalise on the Tigers’ problems and finally end their own current travel sickness, but stresses that “We’ve really got to get our gating act together if we want the right result. Ashfield is another circuit where trapping is critical, so we’ve got to get out of the start much better than tonight if we want to win there. We’ll also need a change in fortune for one or two riders who struggled this evening, though not for want of effort. It’s down to us.”

Rye House line-up:
1 Edward Kennett (captain) 2 Benji Compton (guest) 3 Steve Boxall 4 Jason Garrity 5 Anders Mellgren R/R 6 Oliver Greenwood 7 Alex Edberg (guest)
Glasgow line-up:
1 Danny Phillips (guest) 2 Theo Pijper (captain) 3 Kevin Wölbert R/R 4 Tero Aarnio 5 Rusty Harrison 6 Luke Chessell (guest) 7 Aaron Fox (guest)

Picture: DAVID PAYNE