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BTS Diamonds valiant efforts can't stop Redcar taking the Cup
Monday 28th October 2019, 00:26 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
The Newcastle Boiler Technical Services Diamonds finally staged the decisive leg of the 2019 Knockout Cup Final between the Diamonds and local rivals, the Redcar "Agilia" Bears in a riveting competition which started off after the first leg with the Bears leading 39-51 as Newcastle faced a 12-point game of catch-up in front of a MASSIVE local derby crowd who created a superb atmosphere.
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 47
Redcar "Agilia" Bears 43
SGB Championship Knockout Cup Final, second leg

Redcar Win The Cup on aggregate 94-86

Lasse Bjerre had called off sick just hours beforehand with late-replacement James Sarjeant coming is as a guest as Redcar used Ben Barker for the injured Michael Palm Toft, and in Heat One it was Steve Worrall who hit the front followed by James Sarjeant with Charles Wright chasing hard until the Bear nearly spun on the third bend ending his challenge for a home 5-1 taking the aggregate to 44-52.

Following a Heat Two share3-3, Ben Barker and Jordan Stewart made a rapid gate in Heat Three to hit a Bears' maximum over Sarjeant and Matthew Wethers to restore their 12-point lead.

Redcar extended their overall lead by two more in Heat Four as Erik Riss led well for three points over Ulric Ostergaard and Nathan Greaves for a 2-4 that took the aggregate to 50-64, however Sarjeant fell on bend two of Heat two to be excluded from the re-run, which hit another Redcar 2-4 into the pot as they led on aggregate by 16 points.

Phillips and Barker clashed on the fourth bend of Heat Seven, with the Bears' guest being excluded for being the primary cause of the stoppage from the three-man re-run, in which Ostergaard took the win well in a 4-2, a score repeated in Heat Eight when Wethers batted hard with Kasper Andersen until the Diamond took the pass on the third lap to seal the win taking the aggregate to 64-74 with eight heats to go.

Worrall and Ostergaard were originally passed by Barker off bend two of Heat 10, but the Bear fell on bend three allowing both Diamonds to take the top positions which they held to the end in a 5-1 than narrowed the aggregate deficit for Newcastle to six points, 72-78, and come Heat 11, with Wright inside Ostergaard on bend one, Ostergaard fell with the referee stopping the heat and excluding Wright from the re-run, which didn't go down well visiting supporters.

In the re-run Ostergaard and Clegg flew from the gate to another home maximum taking the Bears' lead down to two points, 77-79 with only four heats to go, A 4-2 in Heat 12 won by Clegg over Barker levelled the aggregate 81-81, but a 1-5 to Redcar in Heat 13 left the match on the edge again when Riss passed Worrall then Ostergaard slipped up on the last lap to retire from the race., putting Redcar back ahead 82-86.

Heat 14's share left Newcastle needing a 5-1 in the final race of the night to tie the aggregate and force "golden heats" but with Wright and Riss out-gating Wethers and Worrall, the damage was done on bend one with Redcar hitting a vital 5-1 to end the match taking the silverware to Redcar 86-94 on a cracking night of speedway on Tyneside.

Newcastle's team manager was magnanimous in defeat saying: "Well done the Bears, they thoroughly deserve their success in taking the Cup. We made it a lot harder for them that I think anyone could have imagined before Heat One, and the Diamonds should be proud of their efforts, but tonight - it was not to be."

Individual Riders' Scores:

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 47 (86)

1 Steve Worrall (c) 3,1,3,1,1 = 9
2 Thomas Jorgensen - Rider replacement
3 James Sarjeant (guest) 2*,1,Fx,2,1 = 6+1
4 Matthew Wethers 0,2,3,1*,2,0 = 8+1
5 Ulrich Ostergaard 2,3,2*,3,R = 10+1
6 Max Clegg (r) 3,3,1,1,2*,3,1* = 14+2
7 Danny Phillips (r) 0,0,Fn,N,N = 0 withdrawn injured

Redcar "Agilia" Bears 43 (94)

1 Charles Wright (c) 0,3,X,2*,2* = 7+2
2 Kasper Andersen 1,1,2,1 = 5
3 Ben Barker (guest) 2*,Fx,0,2 = 4+1
4 Jordan Stewart 3,2,1,3 = 9
5 Erik Riss 3,2,3,3,3 = 14
6 Tom Woolley (r) 1*,0,R,N = 1+1
7 Nathan Greaves (r) 2,1,0,0,0 = 3
Last Updated: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 01:26 UK
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