Suspected broken hand for Complin as meeting is abandoned

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Workington Comets36

Berwick Bandits27



Berwick’s first away league meeting of the season ended in chaos on Monday when it was abandoned after ten heats due to a lack of medical cover.

And there was further bad news when it was confirmed later that skipper Lee Complin may now be sidelined with a suspected broken hand.

Comets’ Kyle Howarth required hospital treatment following an accident involving Complin, whose hand got entangled in Howarth’s front wheel.

Initial reports suggest Complin may now require an operation.

But with paramedics taking Howarth to hospital it left no medical cover at the Derwent Park track and there was no option but to call a halt to proceedings.

In accordance with league rules, as the meeting had not progressed beyond heat 12, the result does not stand and the meeting will have to be re-staged at a later date.

Berwick went into the meeting on the back of three successive home league wins, but they knew that they were up against a Workington side who have already shown this season that they are a force to be reckoned with.

And so it proved, with the Cumbrians racing into a commanding 21-9 lead after only five heats, taking three 5-1s in the process.

Bandits made some headway in six when Sebastian Alden, who had won his opening ride, was introduced as a double pointed tactical substitute, and he won, reducing the deficit to 24-15, after team-mate Alex Edberg suffered his second fall of the night.

Complin won heat seven, but there was confusion in eight following a lengthy delay to allow the sun to clear the track, giving riders better visibility.

Adam Roynon, who was unbeaten on the night, then inflicted the first defeat of the night over Alden in nine, but in ten, a race which was awarded to David Bellego, there was a crash involving Howarth and Complin, causing damage to the safety fence.

There was another lengthy delay whilst Howarth received medical treatment and the fence was repaired, but with Howarth being taken to hospital by the paramedic the referee was forced to abandon proceedings.

Afterwards a disappointed Berwick team manager Ian Rae said: “It was unfortunate, but without medical cover there was just no option but to abandon racing for the evening.

“We were only nine points down at the time and might have gone on to take a point if we had managed to keep it close, but now we will have to come back and do it all again.

“In the meantime all we can hope is that both Lee and Kyle Howarth is not too seriously hurt and hopefully will be back racing soon.”

Workington - Roynon 8+1. Howarth 7+1, Lawson 7, Bach 5+1, Irving 4+1, Harrison 3+1, Ingalls 2+1. Berwick - Alden 11, Complin 5, Tomicek 4, Bellego 3, Ashworth 2+1, Edberg 1+1, King 1.