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Newcastle Diamonds v Edinburgh Monarchs
Sunday 30th July 2017, 22:52 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Looking to avenge a bad-taste defeat at Edinburgh from a few weeks ago and a drawn match at Brough Park in May, the Sapphire Engineering Diamonds played host to the Monarchs from Edinburgh last night in another fascinating SGB Championship league match.
 
Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 46
Edinburgh "Parsons Peebles Monarchs" 44
SGB Championship

Desperate for much-needed league points, Robert Lambert, the victim of too many crashed of late, and well strapped up, lined up with Ashley Morris in Heat One and the two Diamonds did the job from the gate as Sam Masters fell on the third bend of the third lap with the race awarded a home 5-1, but that was instantly nullified when Mitchell Davey and Josh Pickering in the second race dominated despite a decent challenge from Ben Hopwood to hit a Monarchs' maximum to level the match 6-6.

Steve Worrall made the perfect start in Heat Four to hold out Erik Riss all the way after the German shot past Alfie Bowtell off bend two with the score now 13-11, as tight as many had expected the match to run, and come Heat Five Robson hit top gear and roared to the front ahead of Masters for a good well taken 4-2 extending the home lead to 17-13.

After a little track work on a grippy second bend Heat Six saw Lambert out again and it was Newcastle's number one that battled well to lead Riss off the first bend and extend a good lead throughout until he took an almighty fall on the third bend to be excluded from another awarded heat, a 2-4 to Edinburgh who narrowed Newcastle lead back to two points once more.

However with Theo Pijper making the most of a good gate in Heat Eight, his win over Morris and Davey's third over Bowtell brought the scores level again, 24-apiece with Robson and Lindgren taking up the mantle in the Ninth against Riss and Pickering, and with Robbo out in front, Lindgren rounded Riss off the second bend to form the first Newcastle maximum of the night to restore the four point lead, 29-25.

Riss made an excellent gate in the 10th and despite a fine chase by Lambert but the heat was shared after a great battle that Morris won over Clegg at the back in  shared 3-3, but with Masters withdrawn with sore ribs, Edinburgh put the new Injury Rider Replacement rule into action and put Riss out in Heat 11, but it was Worrall again who shot to the front to hold the three points as Hopwood and Pijper battled, the Diamonds taking the point in a 4-2 to extend Newcastle's lead to 36-30.

Wells looked very capable of taking another three for Edinburgh in Heat 12 and did comfortably over Robson in an away 2-4 with the result set for a grandstand finish at 38-34 with three heats left to go, however in a dramatic piece of first bend bunching in Heat 13, Lambert went hard into Worrall with the pair hitting the fence as the referee called all four back, and thankfully despite the severity of the fall all four could do so.

In the vital re-run Worrall had to come out on Lindgren's bike, but Riss was the excluded on the two min and had to go off a 15 metre handicap, and as he tapes went up it was Wells who jetted away to lead with Worrall chasing hard and Hopwood holding out the handicapped Riss who made ground up all the way but failed to make the pass in a 3-3 share taking the score to 41-37.

A superb win and well fought third from Lindgren and Hopwood respectively, the 4-2 gave Newcastle a sweet victory after their draw with Edinburgh on the Monarchs' last soiree into Tyneside and a pretty big away defeat a few weeks ago with one race to go with the score 45-39.


Team manager George English said: Edinburgh are always a tough prospect, and with Robert so very sore, and taped up from head to foot after his recent falls, taking two more tonight, I think the lads did a pretty decent job considering and got a deserved win."

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 46

Robert Lambert 3,Fx,2,FN = 5
Ashley Morris 2*,2,2,1* = 7+2
Stuart Robson 1*,3,3,2,1 = 10+1
Ludvig Lindgren (c) 2,1,2,3,0 = 8+1
Steve Worrall 3,3,3,2 = 11
Ben Hopwood (r) 1,0,1,1*,1 = 4+1
Alfie Bowtell (r) 0,1,0,0 = 1


Edinburgh "Parsons Peebles Monarchs" 44

​Sam Masters (c) Fx,2,IRR,IRR = 2 (withdrawn badly bruised ribs)
​Theo Pijper 1,0,3,0 = 4
Ricky Wells 3,2,3,3,3,2* = 16+1
Max Clegg 0,1*,0,0 = 1+1
Erik Riss 2,3,1,2,0,3 = 11
Josh Pickering (r) 2*,1,0,1,2 = 6+1
Mitchell Davey (r) 3,0,1,N = 4
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BSPA Averages
Robert Lambert

9.18

Steve Worrall

8.93

Stuart Robson

7.67

Ludvig Lindgren

7.03

Ashley Morris

4.64

Ben Hopwood

2.44

Alfie Bowtell

2.00

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