Scunthorpe Scorpions close in on final after thrashing Workington
HENDERSON INSURANCE Scunthorpe Scorpions took a huge step towards the Premier League play-off final with a resounding 62-28 win over the Workington Comets at the Eddie Wright Raceway yesterday evening (Sunday).
In their biggest win of the season, all six Scunthorpe riders won at least one race, with Josh Auty and Michael Palm Toft completing paid maximums.
The teams were tied 15-all after five heats, but Scunthorpe then dropped only three points from the next 10 races to run out convincing winners.
It was a crucial three points for the Scorpions following their defeat at Workington on Saturday evening and left them with seven points from their play-off programme.
They must now wait for the results of Workington's two matches with Edinburgh to find out if they will progress to the final.
Workington need a win and a draw, while Edinburgh require two wins.
Toft, who became the first rider to complete a seven-ride paid maximum for the Scorpions at Premier League level, said the team had done everything they could to reach the play-off final.
"We now have to wait," he said. "It’s a bit annoying we have to wait quite a while for some of the other fixtures to take place.
"But I'm definitely ready for the final, if we make it through."
Team boss Richard Hollingsworth praised a "sensational" performance.
"To be 15-15 after five races, but then to only drop three points from the following ten races is just the stuff of dreams," he said.
"We couldn't have done anything more this weekend.
"We've battled all the way, which is all we ask. We picked up a valuable away point at Edinburgh on Friday, we dug deep yesterday at Workington and took it to a last-heat decider in terms of the final point, and then we smashed Workington today.
"If we don't make it, I'm still proud of our performances. If we do make it, let's go and ride like we did tonight again."
"Michael (Palm Toft) has been going very well recently, but he's not quite got the maximum. So to do it from seven rides is a bit special. He deserves it. He has played a big part in turning our season around over the last two to three months."
Scunthorpe will have to wait until October 19, the date of the final group match between Workington and Edinburgh, to find out if they will go through to the final.