Injury-ravaged Rebels see off Workington

PUBLISHED: 13:13 02 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

DESPITE tracking a side that would have been more in keeping with a doctor's waiting room, the Somerset Sharp Rebels easily contained Workington who

Somerset Sharp Rebels 52 Workington 41DESPITE tracking a side that would have been more in keeping with a doctor's waiting room, the Somerset Sharp Rebels easily contained Workington who, James Wright and Kauko Nieminen apart, were a poor outfit, the final scoreline somewhat flattering the visitors as the Rebels lost a hatful of points down to varying degrees of misfortune.Starting without Emil Kramer due to illness and with Ritchie Hawkins and Simon Walker far from 100 per cent fit, the home fans were probably thinking that it was going to be one of those nights when Katt pulled up in the opening heat when holding a comfortable third place.Then Hawkins fell two races later when leading, after clipping the safety fence, sending him tumbling down the track and only superb evasive action by both Nieminen and Warwick averted a much nastier situation.There was a further incident a race later when Frampton was harshly excluded when Carpanese brought him down after getting it all wrong going into the third bend. It seemed that nothing was going to go right for the Rebels, but cometh the hour, cometh the man as the saying goes, and that man was Simon Walker. In the re-run of Heat 5, Stonehewer and Carpanese made the start over the Somerset reserve, but Walker first swept round the outside of Carpanese, and then cut back on Stonehewer to grab the lead as they headed down the back straight. Stonehewer fought back and cut back on the inside of Walker on the next turn but, not to be outdone by his more illustrious opponent, Walker powered round the outside of Stonehewer on the fourth bend a lap later and held on to take a win that had the crowd in raptures.Just to prove his win over Stonehewer was no fluke, Walker then repeated the feat in Heat 11, coming from last place from the gate to sweep past team-mate Hawkins and John Branney on the first turn and carry his momentum through to pass Stonehewer on the outside down the back straight. Despite putting Walker under constant pressure for the remainder of the race, Stonehewer could do nothing to find a way past and had to give second best yet again to the Somerset reserve.Cashing in on the misfortunes of the home riders, none more so than in Heat 9 when Nieminen and Charles Wright combined for a 7-2 tactical heat win after Hawkins fell in a tight first bend, Workington managed to keep the score respectable and the meeting delicately poised for August's return fixture at Derwent Park.Yet again the Somerset team spirit shone through as both reserves, Simon Walker and Danny Warwick, came to the fore, scoring a paid 24 points between them to keep the Rebels in prime position for a top four championship play-off place, Walker only denied what would have been a well deserved maximum by virtue of coming out in Heat 15 and being pegged back in fourth place by Nieminen and James Wright.

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