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Diamonds Suffer Collapse After Excellent Start At Edinburgh
Friday 19th May 2017, 21:41 UK
Photo: Ron MacNeill
It looked like it was going to be a good night for Newcastle at Armadale in the SGB Championship as they led well 12-18 after five heats, but things soon turned pear-shaped.
Heats 1,3,and 5 were solid Diamonds' 1-5 maximums with good wins for Ashley Morris (who enjoyed a brilliant match), Aaron Summers and Ben Barker, the two guest replacements in for the night.

Ash was on fire taking nine good points, including two wins and a paid win with him looking a rejuvenated ride racing with determination and confidence with his copy-book only blotted by a fall in his last race, Heat 15.

Summers looked set for a brilliant night taking a paid win in his first and a solid three pointer in Heat Five, but that was his last points of the night ended up at the back in Heats 11 and 13 in a frustrating end to an enigma of a night.

Ben Barker top scored for Newcastle on 10 points, taking one win in his third outing in Heat Nine taking the three points from the gate in a consistent and productive night for the Redcar man.

Skipper Ludvig Lindgren took two wins, bookending his night's work and his total of eight points, his last win in Heat 14 after defending serious pressure from the ever-improving Clegg behind.

Lewis Rose also suffered a fall, in his second race and the damage caused to his bike took a long time to fix, but after come Heat 12 he found himself in the unenviable position of being a tactical ride as his team had just gone 10-down, and with only heat 12 available for the tactical move to be used he was it, partnering Ben Hopwood, but Riss was away and while Rose kept second for four points - again keeping the battling Clegg at bay, the nomination could only result in a shared 4-4 result.

The battle of the reserve parings pointed right in the direction of Newcastle's problems as Edinburgh won the contest of the sixes and sevens, 15+5 to 1, and no more can be said on that point.

Team manager George English said: "We were not at our full strength tonight and those who need to know, know how unhappy were are with certain decision. As it was our guests had rollercoaster nights, but after our pretty descent start the home side turned the screws and left us with no points to our name, which is a major, major disappointment."
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