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Sunday Double-delight for Diamonds' Grand Finale
Saturday 21st October 2017, 14:42 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
The Newcastle Diamonds close their 2017 season's activities tomorrow afternoon with a spectacular 30-heat double header comprising the Tynesiders' final two SGB Championship matches of their campaign with the Workington Comets first up at 4.00pm followed by the Redcar Bears.

Fans of all three sides will be desperately hoping that Workington's Craig Cook will lead his team into battle following some enforced time off for illness - should he be fully fit, as he is one of the most exciting riders in the UK at the moment desperate to get back to winning ways, and based on his last visit to Brough Park, the supporters are in for a real treat, but the Diamonds are out for revenge as Workington won last time on Tyneside, 43-47.

They are also without two injured men in Matt Williamson and Thomas Jorgensen with Nathan Greaves originally lined up to guest for the former and rider replacement covering the latter, but the Peterborough Panthers beat the Glasgow Tigers on Friday to progress to the Knockout Cup Final against Ipswich Witches, 85-95 meaning Greaves is not be available to guest (for Workington nor Redcar) nor Simon Lambert, his back up who is also out if the frame on the same basis, so both have plumped for Max Clegg to cover.

Second-up Redcar Bears are a side that only just went down 46-44 just a few weeks ago in one of the most competitive matches at the track this whole season, but in a devastating turn of events for the Teesside club five of their seven regular team have been hit by injury and a further one has taken unauthorised leave and returned to Australia early which is a nightmare of Stephen King proportions for Redcar's management of Kevin Keay and Jitendra Duffill to sort out.

They have lined up Glasgow's Aaron Summers as a guest for Ben Barker but can only cover the Australian traveller, Ellis Perks with a National League guest in David Wallinger (currently with the Stoke Potters) taking up the challenge. Nathan Greaves was again in for the injured Tobias Busch, but now Max Clegg will take the job, while James Sarjeant covers the riders of Danny Ayres who has been out with a prolonged illness. As yet a guest was still needed for Jason Garrity - another rider on the inured list until Josh Auty took the job.

Newcastle team manager George English said: "We certainly feel for our opponents tomorrow, and no team can easily handle five of their riders getting injured at the same time and we truly sympathise with the Bears' management who will have been combatting major headaches this last week or two, and Workington too, but we're out for two good solid wins, and with the riders out there on show there is some excellent racing in store for the fans.

"We are at full strength, which is a godsend based on the horrors that the Bears and Comets have suffered, and we have decided to give great value for money with our double header admissions. The prices for adults only goes up by £4.00 to £20.00 for the two meeting event while concessions are set at £15.00, a rise of just £3.00 and children are set and the normal price of £3.00 but for 30 heats instead of the usual 15 heats, so as this is out last outing this season it's definitely the one not to miss!"

Sunday's proposed line-up

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

Workington Comets: Craig Cook (if fit) (captain), Max Clegg (guest), Mason Campton, Rider replacement for Thomas Jorgensen, Ty Proctor, James Sarjeant, Ryan MacDonald (guest)

Redcar Bears: Aaron Summers (guest), David Wallinger (NL Guest), Charles Wright - Rider replacement, Jonas B Andersen (captain), Josh Auty (guest), Max Clegg (guest) , James Sarjeant (guest)
Last Updated: Sat 21 Oct 2017, 14:52 UK
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