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Injury strikes Robert Lambert in Poland - but Steve Worrall rides with strapped up wrist!
Sunday 8th October 2017, 23:11 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Photo: Steve Brock
With the season coming to a close, there are some vital matches for the Newcastle Sapphire Engineering Diamonds but on Sunday evening the side were hit with another injury alert!
 
Shortly after the Pairs event at Sheffield came to and eventual end, news broke from Poland that Robert Lambert had picked up a leg injury in a smash in his Polish side's promotion and relegation clash.

While the full extent of the injury is yet to be discovered in the UK, it is understood he will be out of action for around a fortnight and will miss the cup clash at Brough Park on Monday night at 7.30pm.

Team Manager George English has acted quickly to cover his rides and said: "We are bringing in Edinburgh's Ricky Wells (pictured above on a previous Brough Park meeting in white) as a guest for the Knockout Cup Quarter Final Second Leg and believe he will do a grand job for us. Steve is now 100% on for the cup and has reported he will be present in his number 5 jacket despite his wrist injury picked up at Workington on Saturday. He will race for the Diamonds with a strapped up wrist.

"He has been x-rayed and reckons he will be fine which is just the news we wanted to hear. 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 tonight to make sure we get the semi we need with Peterborough.

"Our season depends on glory on tonight, 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 and we only can hope that Ricky can pull off a true number one's performance and help us put Glasgow out of the cup."

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 hopefully 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.

The winner on aggregate will then meet Peterborough Panthers in the semi-finals.

Monday's line up:

Newcastle: Ricky Wells (guest), 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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BSPA Averages
Robert Lambert

9.18

Steve Worrall

8.93

Stuart Robson

7.67

Ludvig Lindgren

7.03

Ashley Morris

4.64

Ben Hopwood

2.44

Alfie Bowtell

2.00

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