Monarchs race under protest as Comets squeeze home

Ricky Wells top scored with 17
Ricky Wells top scored with 17
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Edinburgh Monarchs opened their Championship Shield account with a 47-43 defeat against Workington Comets on Saturday night at Derwent Park.

Monarchs rode under protest after the Comets tracked guest star Charles Wright as a replacement for Ty Proctor who hasn’t sorted his visa out yet. Monarchs claim a non-visa rider should not be named in a team’s 1-7 line up.

The Capital speedway side have complained officially to the British Speedway Promoters Association’s Management Committee but they don’t expect a positive outcome.

Monarchs No.1 Ricky Wells was the undoubted individual star for his team, amassing 17 points from his six outings. The New Zealand-born American was beaten just once around his former track in heat one when he was headed home by Comets star Rasmus Jensen.

The scores were tied 18-18 after six races before the home side scored a 5-1 in heat eight through Jensen and reserve star Bradley Wilson-Dean to snatch a six-point lead.

But Monarchs battled back and cut their arrears to four points in the very next heat with a 4-2 from Wells and skipper Erik Riss, who rounded Comets ace Dan Bewley for third place.

The Comets then doubled their lead to 34-26, with a 5-1 from Jensen and Rene Bach in the tenth race.

But Monarchs hit back again with a brace of 4-2s in heats 11 and 13 to cut the Comets the lead in half. However, the Comets stormed back once more with a 5-1 from Bewley and Wilson-Dean in the penultimate heat to lead by eight once again.

And in a rousing finish to what was a truly see-saw contest Monarchs grabbed a last heat 5-1 courtesy of Wells and Erik Riss to end up just four points adrift.

Crucially, Monarchs earned themselves a match point ahead of this weekend’s Shield clashes against Glasgow Tigers.

Workington: Jensen 11, Wilson-Dean 8, Bach 7, Klindt 7, Wright 7,Bewley 6, Bickley 1.

Monarchs: Wells 17, E Riss 10, Williamson 5, M Riss 4,Ruml 3, Andersson 3, Pickering 1.