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Diamonds prove their worth in nip and tuck battle with Glasgow
Sunday 21st July 2019, 23:52 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Photo: Steve Brock
Ninth placed Newcastle Diamonds faced the second in the Championship table, Glasgow Tigers last night at Brough Park in an eagerly awaited league encounter with all eyes on the Diamonds keen to made strides up the league, but without the injured Thomas Jorgensen, covered by the all-action Ben Barker as a guest.
 
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 47
Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 42
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Ninth placed Newcastle Diamonds faced the second in the Championship table, Glasgow Tigers last night at Brough Park in an eagerly awaited league encounter with all eyes on the Diamonds keen to made strides up the league, but without the injured Thomas Jorgensen, covered by the all-action Ben Barker as a guest.

Glasgow also needed a guest in he form of Sam Masters for Craig Cook who was in Russia riding for Team GB in the Speedway of Nations Final, and come Heat One it was Steve Worrall who roared away to win well over Sam Master in a home 4-2, and after a Heat Four rarity 5-0 as first Paul Starke was excluded for a fall on bend two only for his partner, Kyle Bickley to fall in the re-run on the third lap resulting in an awarded score to Ben Barker and Danny Phillips taking the score to 17-6.

However in Heat Five the Tigers scores a solid 1-5 of their own from a great gate from Masters and Rasmus Jensen over Bjerre and Wethers to tighten things up at 18-11 before Starke, somewhat fired up zipped at speed between Worrall and Ulrich Ostergaard off bend two in Heat Six to share the points 3-3.

Jensen and Vissing found their gating form in the seventh to whip well ahead of Barker and Clegg taking the scores uncomfortably close, 22-19 while in Heat Eight Sarjeant and Bickley did exactly the same, gating massively quickly over Ostergaard and Phillips who couldn't make a pass in another Glasgow 1-5 to put the visitors into the lead by one point, 23-24.

Conner Bailey was the next to bite the dust off bend four in Heat Nine with his exclusion and a re-run with three riders, in which Starke gated well but was soon overhauled by both Wethers then Bjerre off bend two in a 5-1 to return the Diamonds to the lead, 28-25, but Jensen and Vissing out gated Worrall in Heat 10 to again leapfrog Newcastle to 29-30.

Clegg rode the ride of his life to pass Masters off bend two in Heat 11 in a home 4-2 to again put the home side ahead, 33-32 while come the 12th, Bjerre took the win ahead of Clegg who rode another brilliant race to put the first defeat over Jensen in a home 5-1 just at the right time with the score now 38-33, and a tactical 3-3 in the 13th held that lead with two races to go.

Newcastle sealed victory with a Heat 14 4-2, inflicting Glasgow's first league defeat of the season with one heat to go as Clegg took his third win, or paid win, off the belt taking the score to 45-38.

Team manager George English said: "To go 11 up to one down within a few heats and then to pull it back and win certainly shows Character and desire for success which is certainly what we have now, and a great basis to build on."

Individual Riders Scores:

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 47

1 Steve Worrall (c) 3,1*,1,1* = 6+2
2 Ulrich Ostergaard 1,2,1,0 = 4
3 Lasse Bjerre 2,1,2*,3,2 = 10+1
4 Mathew Wethers 1*,0,3,1 = 5+1
5 Ben Barker (guest) 3,1,1,2 = 7
6 Max Clegg (r) 3,0,3,2*,3,0 = 11+1
7 Danny Phillips (r) 2*,2*,0,N = 4+2

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 43

1 Sam Masters (guest) 2,2*,2,3,3 = 12+1
2 James Sarjeant 0,Ts,3,0 = 3
3 Rasmus Jensen 3,3,3,3,1,1 = 14
4 Claus Vissing 0,2*,2*,2 = 6+2
5 Paul Starke (c) Fx,3,1,0 = 4
6 Connor Bailey (r) 1,N,Fx,N,0 = 1
7 Kyle Bickley (r) 0,Fx,0,2*,0,N = 2+1
Last Updated: Sun 21 Jul 2019, 23:56 UK
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BSPA Averages
Steve Worrall

7.97

Thomas Jorgensen

7.66

Lasse Bjerre

7.08

Matthew Wethers

5.78

Simon Lambert

4.18

Max Clegg

3.17

Danny Phillips

2.00

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