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Diamonds v Redcar Knockout Cup Final confirmed Sunday October 20th 6.30pm
CUP FINAL WEEK. First leg preview
Wednesday 9th October 2019, 12:40 UK
STEVE PARK
Photo: Steve Brock
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds get back into action this Friday (7.30pm), for what is the most important fixture of the season so far, as they travel to the Redcar Bears.
 
A Knockout Cup Final against local rivals Redcar should excite the fans after what has been a largely disappointing campaign.

It is not the first time that the Diamonds have taken on local opposition in a KOC Final.

Back in 1976 the Diamonds travelled up to Berwick to take on the Bandits, losing the first leg 35-43. But the Diamonds blew the Bandits away in the second leg at Brough Park on the Monday night, winning 48-29 and 83-72 on aggregate.

The Diamonds have met the Bears (or, one occasion, the Tigers) six times in the past in the KOC Cup and are unbeaten against their arch-rivals.

A third round encounter in 1975 saw the Diamonds win the home leg 54-24. But, despite an away defeat of 32-46, the Diamonds progressed to a semi-final against Workington, a match they lost 64-92 on aggregate.

They had to wait until 1978 for the next encounter, a first round tie, with Middlesbrough having become Teesside Tigers. It mattered little, as the Diamonds won the home leg 43-33 and drew the second leg 39-39. Newcastle lost to Mildenhall in the next round.

Another four years went by before the next match between the two, with our opponents back to being called Middlesbrough and again the Diamonds triumphed in a second round encounter. A 43-53 away defeat at Cleveland Park was followed by a 55-41 home win, with the Diamonds just sneaking through 98-94.

The Diamonds would go on to win the Cup, beating Ellesmere Port in the Final 118-74 on aggregate.

Ten years later we were at it again. A first round meeting saw Newcastle lose by just two points, 44-46, in the first leg and finished the job at home 53-36.

The Diamonds should have met Mildenhall in the Quarter Finals, but the Fen Tigers had folded shortly before it and Newcastle went through to the Semi-Final by default, where they met Peterborough and it would take a replay before the Panthers were victorious.

A Quarter-Final match in 2010 saw the Diamonds lose the first leg at South Tees Motor Park (as it was still called) against the now named Redcar Bears, 43-47. That was turned around in the second leg as we won the second leg 53-37.

We beat Birmingham in the Semi-Final and went on to lift the Trophy by beating Edinburgh in the Final.

The last encounter between the two sides was in 2012. A first round tie saw the Bears win the first leg 41-49, with the Diamonds taking the spoils 56-32 in the home leg.

We, again, would go on to win the Cup, beating Ipswich 106-74 on aggregate.
To get this far in 2019, Redcar have disposed of Somerset 97-82, Glasgow, 95-85 and Eastbourne 92-88.

The Diamonds beat Berwick 99-81 and Edinburgh 94-86 to reach the Final.

The Bears have recruited Jake Allen for the first leg on Friday, replacing the unlucky Michael Palm Toft, who was injured a few weeks ago at Brough Park.

The Diamonds have opted to use Rider Replacement for the injured Thomas Jorgensen, which means Matty Wethers, Ulrich Ostergaard, Lasse Bjerre and the two reserves, Max Clegg and Danny Phillips, can take a ride.

Line-ups for the first leg:

Redcar: Charles Wright ©, Kasper Andersen, Jake Allen (guest), Jordan Stewart, Erik Riss, Tom Woolley, Nathan Greaves

Diamonds: Steve Worrall, R/R for Thomas Jorgensen, Lasse Bjerre, Matty Wethers, Ulrich Ostergaard, Max Clegg, Danny Phillips

After the First Leg is complete, the British 125cc Championship Final is taking place.

Newcastle Gems rider Danny Smith is involved and will be hoping to bring the Trophy back to Newcastle.


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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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