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Edinburgh Monarchs v Newcastle Diamonds
Friday 19th May 2017, 21:38 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
It looked like the Sapphire Engineering Diamonds were out for a decent result at Edinburgh early on but as the match progressed the home side took serious control.
 
Edinburgh "Parsons Peebles Monarchs" 53
Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 39
(SGB Championship)


Edinburgh Monarchs kept Newcastle Diamonds tight at Brough Park last Sunday in a riveting match than ended up a 45-45 all draw, and as a result the expectation of another close encounter at The Lothian Arena was set, and so it proved to be, in the early heats at lease before the home side put their collective feet down and took an unexpectedly sizeable win.

With the SCB insisting that Steve Worrall race for Belle Vue instead of the Diamonds, Newcastle had to employ Redcar's Ben Barker to cover, and with Robert Lambert racing in Sweden for the World Under-21 Championship, Glasgow's Aaron Summers stood in.

Summers proved his worth in the re-run of Heat One when he followed Ashley Morris from the gate to seal a Newcastle 1-5 maximum, only for the top scorer from Sunday's meeting, reserve Max Clegg took the lead by the second bend of the second heat backed up by Mitchell Davey in a 5-1 that levelled the match up.

Captain Ludvig Lindgen and Lewis Rose made another two excellent gates in Heat Three to leave Erick Riss trying everything in his armoury to ease past, unsuccessfully in another Diamonds 1-5, before Sam Masters took the fourth ahead of Davey, but Barker eased his way round the Monarch at the end of the first lap in a 4-2.

Summers took the fifth from the gate again with Morris following and blocking all of Erik Riss' moves for yet another Newcastle maximum moving the score on to 12-18, but as was the way of this bristling match, Ricky Wells took to the front in Heat Six with Mark Riss flying round the second bend to join him ahead of Barker cutting Newcastle's lead to two points.

Masters again led the seventh well with Clegg stuck behind Lindgren and Rose, passing Lindgen early on, but after Rose locked up om the fourth bend of lap two, Clegg had no where to go and fell too with the referee awarding the heat a home 5-1 putting Edinburgh into the lead 22-20.

Morris and Barker took wins in the next two shared 3-3s but Mark Riss and Wells combined well from the gate in Heat 10 over Lindgren to put six points between the side, and things got worse in the 11th as Masters took the early lead followed by Morris, as Summers went round Clegg only for the Monarch to do the same to Summers half a lap later and then went on to squeeze under Morris on the last lap of the race for another Edinburgh 5-1 with the score now 38-28.

Rose was nominated as a double-point  tactical ride in Heat 12, the Diamonds last chance to use the facility, and he managed to take second for four points, just as Clegg was charging hard behind all race in another share, 4-4 taking the totals to 42-32 with three races to go, and Newcastle needed three maximums to take a win.

Unfortunately Wells eased ahead down the back straight of Heat 13 joined by Masters but Barker took Masters a the end of the first lap, but the damage was done with a Monarch's match-winning 4-2 ending the contest with two races to run.

Team manager George English said: "We were not at our full strength tonight and those who need to know, know how unhappy were are with certain decision. As it was our guests had rollercoaster nights, but after our pretty descent start the home side turned the screws and left us with no points to our name, which is a major, major disappointment."

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Edinburgh "Parsons Peebles Monarchs" 53

Ricky Wells 1,3,2*,3,1 = 10+1
Mark Riss X,2*,2,3 = 7+1
Erik Riss 1,1,2,3 = 7
Josh Pickering 0,0,1*,N = 1+1
Sam Masters (c) 3,3,3,1,3 = 13
Max Clegg (r) 0,2*,2*,1*,2*,1,2 = 10+4
Mitchell Davey (r) 3,1,1*,N = 5+1


Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 39

​Aaron Summers (guest) 2*,3,0,0 = 5+1
Ashley Morris 3,2*,3,1,F = 9+1
Lewis Rose 2*,Fx,0,4^ = 6+1
Ludvig Lindgren (c) 3,1,1,3 = 8
Ben Barker (guest) 2,1,3,2,2 = 10
Ben Hopwood (r) 1,0,0,0 = 1
Connor Coles (r) 0,0,0,0 = 0
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Robert Lambert

8.70

Steve Worrall

8.47

Ludvig Lindgren

7.69

Lewis Rose

5.97

Ashley Morris

4.98

Danny Phillips

2.00

Connor Coles

2.00

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