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Busy - and vital - weekend continues for Diamonds
Saturday 7th October 2017, 22:08 UK
The busy and long weekend continues for the Newcastle Diamonds with the Championship Pairs at Sheffield this Sunday afternoon followed by a massive Cup quarter final deciding leg with Glasgow on Monday at Brough Park which gets underway at 7.30pm.
The prestigious Pairs Championship takes place at Owlerton Stadium Sunday at 3.00pm as Newcastle's Stuart Robson and Ludvig Lindgren flying the Diamonds' flag against the best pairs from all the SGB Championship clubs, including Berwick's Kevin Doolan  and David Howe, and Redcar's Ben Barker and Charles Wright.

Originally Steve Worrall was one of the Newcastle two but a crash at Workington on Saturday has resulted in his withdrawal from the Pairs event as he gets x-rays done on his damaged wrist.

It is hoped he will be cleared to take his place in the Monday staging of the deciding leg of the Cup 1/4 Final at Brough Park against Glasgow who lead by two points.

Robert Lambert would have been included but again has to spend a Sunday in Poland for his side's promotion and relegation matches, but is back in the UK for the hugely vital Knockout Cup second leg tomorrow as team manager George English confirmed: "Robert has a grueling schedule this weekend, but will be back to lead the Diamonds in the number one jacket on Monday.

"After a disappointing season the Cup is our last chance of team glory this year, and the lads will be going all out from.heat one onwards to maximise their great efforts at Glasgow on Friday when we only went down by two points, 46-44, despite being 10 behind with three races to go! And we proved again on Saturday we can hit hard with the same score at Workington.

"I've heard some say with that small deficit, it's our quarter final for the taking, but to be stupidly over-confident would be our downfall and we cannot take the Tigers lightly as their season has slumped of late and are also motivated to make a fight of it, so it has to be full fire power from the off tomorrow to make sure we get the semi we need with Peterborough.

"Our season depends on glory on Monday, and possibly a lot more regarding our future is dependant too, which is why we have called to rally the troops and get a bumper Monday crowd to help cheer the lads to victory. We need this!"

Unlike the first leg, Glasgow will not have four guests and rider replacement with only two original Tigers tomorrow with the only enforced change being James Sarjeant guesting for the injured Tom Perry, giving the quarter final second leg the authenticity it merits, and with Newcastle at full strength, it promises to be 15 top class heats of speedway fought hard from start to finish. Tapes up at 7.30pm on Monday night.

Monday's line up:

Newcastle: Robert Lambert, Ashley Morris, Stuart Robson, Ludvig Lindgren (captain), Steve Worrall, Ben Hopwood, Alfie Bowtell

Glasgow: Richard Lawson, Dan Bewley, Nike Lunna, Richie Worrall, Aaron Summers (captain), James Sarjeant (guest), Jack Smith
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