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Last heat thriller leave Diamonds devastated
Sunday 5th May 2019, 23:00 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
Following a determined performance at the Glasgow Tigers on Friday night, which sadly resulted in nothing for the Newcastle Diamonds, the Byker septet set about making amends for the away defeat last night at Brough Park in the return Championship Shield Borders Group Match welcoming back Thomas Jorgensen from his Danish Championships which kept him out of the Scottish event.
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 44
Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 46
SGB Championship Shield Borders Group

At the end of the fourth heat the score was a tight 14-10, but most notably Danny Phillips, who has struggled all season took a paid win in heat Two behind his partner Max Clegg over Luke Ruddick before he took a third paid for second behind Thomas Jorgensen who was headed home in Heat Four by the fast gating Claus Vissing.

Two 3-3s followed won by Craig Cook and Vissing, the latter who had to work so hard to keep Steve Worrall in second in Heat Six with the scores now 20-16 but Heat Seven, with Rasmus Jensen out in front, Paul Starke went from second to third, but back to second over Jorgensen on the second lap to hit a Glasgow 1-5 to tie proceedings up at 21-21.

The match remained level after a Heat 3-3 won well by James Sarjeant over Lambert and another paid second for Phillips. Wethers made a brilliant pass round Vissing in Heat Nine at the end of the first lap and did well to hold his win in a 4-2, which was replicated in Heat 10 with another 4-2 from the high-flying Worrall over Starke to push the Diamonds 32-28 ahead.

Heat 11 undid part of the good work as Cook gated and roared away and briefly Sarjeant passed Jorgensen, but the Newcastle man hit back for a second place in the 2-4 narrowing the scores to 34-32 once again keeping the tension high but with Bjerre making a brilliant gate in Heat 12 to stay ahead of Jensen as Phillips continued his good night taking third once more.

However an engine failure for Worrall as the tapes went up on Heat 13, Jorgensen found him stuck at the back behind Cook and Vissing in the vital Tigers' 1-5 progressing the scores to 39-39 with two to go.

Starke made the perfect start to Heat 14 and held it to the end with Clegg and Wethers following leaving the match on a knife edge with one race to go as the scores remained tied 42-42.

Worrall was warned for moving at the gate at the first running of Heat 15, then Vissing and Bjerre had a massive coming together (see pic above) in the entry to the first bend taking a very nasty looking tumble with the ambulance instantly on the scene. Vissing got to his feet first and limped off back to the pits as Bjerre received more attention while sitting up on the track.

Bjerre also got to his feet, but took the ambulance ride back to the pits as the referee called all four back - if fit. Wethers and Starke came in to replace the injured pair who had been withdrawn from the second re-run, but with Cook out in front Wethers tucked into second while Starke took a vital and match-winning third over Worrall struggling on his second bike, having blown his number one earlier as Glasgow took a 44-46 victory.

Team manager George English said: "The fans had a tense and nervous treat to enjoy tonight, but the disaster that was heat 15, and Steve Worrall's blown first engine in Heat 13 just put us too much on the back foot and it was so disappointing to fail in getting the draw let alone the win, especially when the likes of Danny Phillips were enjoying his best meeting of the season to be paid for eight points! At least it wasn't a league match, a competition we can concentrate on and get things right the next time Glasgow visit us!"

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 44

Steve Worrall (c) 3,2,3,R,0 = 8
Simon Lambert 0,1*,2,1 = 4+1
Lasse Bjerre 2,2,1,3,Fn = 8
Matthew Wethers 1*,1*,3,1*,2 = 8+3
Thomas Jorgensen 2,1,2,1 = 6
Max Clegg (r) 3,R,0,2 = 5
Danny Phillips (r) 2*,1*,1*,1 = 5+3

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 46

Craig Cook (c) 2,3,3,3,3 = 14
James Sarjeant 1*,0,3,1 = 5+1
Rasmus Jensen R,3,0,2 = 5
Paul Starke 3,2*,2,3,1 = 11+1
Claus Vissing 3,3,2,2*,Fn = 10+1
Luke Ruddick (guest) (r) 1,0,0,N = 1
Kyle Bickley (r) R,0,0,0,0 = 0
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