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Ipswich Witches v Newcastle Diamonds
Thursday 20th July 2017, 21:10 UK
Two guests and rider replacement is never a good preparation for a tough SGB Championship match, and it proved astep too far for the Sapphire Engieering Diamonds at Ipswich.
Ipswich Witches: 54
Newcastle Diamonds: 39
SGB Championship

Two guests and rider replacement is never a good preparation for a tough SGB Championship match, but armed with Berwick's Kevin Doolan, and young Jack Thomas plus coverage for Ludvig Lindgren who had been granted compassionate leave the Newcastle Diamonds lunged into action at the Ipswich Witches last night.

However it was the worst start for the visitors possible as Danny King soared away for an easy victory as Kyle Newman passed Ashley Morris off the second bend leaving Robert Lambert stuck at the back in a home 5-1 before a second maximum looked set before guest Jack Thomas fell on the second lap in third place to be excluded from the re-run, but it was still a home maximum with the score 10-2.

Guest Doolan sadly faired little better in the third as Cameron Heeps and Justin Sedgmen left him and Morris way at the back in a third home 5-1 with the Diamonds having to wait until Heat Six before one of their men passed the chequered flag first as Steve Worrall made the gate and held off King throughout for a deserved three points, but in a shared 3-3 it did nothing to get Newcastle back on terms with the score now 25-11.

Following another 3-3, won by Rory Schlein in Heat Seven over Morris and Doolan, Worrall was nominated as the tactical ride for double points in Heat Eight in fine style for six good points, but with Thomas at the back the advantage was pegged back to a 3-6 narrowing the gap to nine points.

Worrall then came out again in Heat Nine and took another three points from the front, but had to work harder with Heeps buzzing his exhaust pipe all the way, u5 King and Newman restored the order of the night taking a well spread out home 5-1 over Doolan and Morris in the 10th with the score now 39-24.

Coming out of the interval with four races to go, Newcastle were right up against it and had no option but to score four perfect maximum 1-5s to rescue a single-point victory, but come Heat 12 the damage was already done as Heeps made the gate ahead of Doolan while Connor Mountain beat Ben Hopwood at the back to record a match-winning 4-2 heat advantage.

Newcastle team manager George English said: " We got off to such a poor start that again we left way too much work for ourselves to pull back even with Steve Worrall in blistering form early on, it was way beyond our reach tonight and well done to Ipswich who as a result have gone top all on their own hitting the 50 league point mark."

Worrall and Lambert represent the club tonight in the Championship Pairs at Somerset, a competition that also sees Berwick's David Howe and Nick Morris compete as well.

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Ipswich: Danny King (captain) 9, Kyle Newman 7+2, Cameron Heeps 12, Justin Sedgmen 5+2, Rory Schlein 11, Nathan Greaves 5+2, Connor Mountain 5+2

Newcastle: Robert Lambert 9+1, Ludvig Lindgren - Rider replacement, Kevin Doolan (guest) 6+2, Ashley Morris 6, Steve Worrall 17, Ben Hopwood 1, Jack Thomas (guest) 0
Last Updated: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 21:29 UK
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