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Newcastle Diamonds v Redcar Bears
Sunday 3rd September 2017, 23:08 UK
It was the best of local derbies, with a tight scoreline throughout and a rivetting last heat decider, and to top it off the Diamonds win by two.
Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 46
Redcar "SG Petch Bears" 44
SGB Championship

Unbelievably it's taken to September to get the Redcar Bears to Brough Park in the 2017 season, but last night local derby fever finally hit town with a late reprieve for the Diamonds who were looking at running with Josh Embleton - their number eight rider - covering for Robert Lambert who had been directed to ride in his Polish Club's play-off, but heavy rain in Poland cancelled that match allowing Newcastle to run with rider replacement at one instead, significantly strengthening their chances of local joy.

Heat One came to a juddering halt when Stuart Robson's clutch burnt out and dragged him into the tapes with his exclusion as Alfie Bowtell came in to replace him, but with Ashley Morris out in front, Ben Barker in second yanked his cut-out lanyard out and came to a halt allowing Bowtell through, however Barker replaced his cut-out, restarted and sneaked a third passing Bowtell on the third bend of the last lap in a 3-3 result.

Nathan Greaves and Danny Ayres eased ahead in Heat Two after an early attempt by Bowtell to pass Ayres, but the powerful visiting reserves took the maximum 1-5 putting Redcar into an early lead by four points, however another excellent win from Morris in the third, and a fall for Ellis Perks on the third bend of the opening lap presented Newcastle with a good 4-2 taking the score to 8-10.

A brilliant Heat Six saw skipper Ludvig Lindgen fly round Jason Garrity off the fourth bend fo the first lap with Robson doing likewise round Greaves off the second bend on lap three in a pair of thrilling moves to take a Newcastle 4-2 and level the match again 18-18 before a massive win from Steve Worrall over Charles Wright in the seventh made sure the equilibrium remained at 21-apiece.

The scores remained ties after Heat Nine saw a brilliant move by Lindgen to pass Greaves off the fourth bend of the opening lap, with Morris doing likewise half a lap later only for the Bear to fall on the fourth bend of the same lap in a shared 3-3 but a superb high-speed double pass by Worrall and Robson inside and outside of the field to take up a vital 5-1 over Wright to put Newcastle into a 32-28.

Disaster struck at the end of the second lap when Morris got into major trouble causing himself, Greaves and Bowtell to fall as the referee awarded the result a Bears' 1-5 with Morris excluded as the score moved on to 36-36. Greaves needed brief medical treatment, but walked back to the pits unaided.

Robson had blown his big end in his first bike and had to come out mounted on his second bike in Heat 13, but it wasn't pulling as well as his first machine as he ended last behind his partner Worrall and the fast moving Garrity and Barker for another away 1-5 putting Redcar four points ahead but a vital third from Hopwood who held out Ayres to the end of Heat 14 as Lindgren forced his way to the front and held the three points in a 4-2 to the end, and with one heat to go the score was sitting at 41-43.

Heat 15 saw Garrity and Barker come out again for Redcar with Lindgren and Worrall for Newcastle with only a maximum 5-1 needed to clinch a home win, but with the Bears looking to have taken the better gate, Worrall blasted to the front on the first bend, with Lindgren going high and wide to soar round for a solid second place in a sensational four laps to seals a famous victory.

Team manager George English said: "What a superb local derby that was with both sides really putting in maximum effort to take the match to a superb climax in Heat 15, but as the rider replacement netted nine points in place of Robert Lambert proving what a tough match it was always going to be, and with Robbo burning a clutch out and blowing a big end it was a very satisfying win indeed."

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 46

Robert Lambert - Rider replacement
Stuart Robson E,1,3,2*,0 = 6+1
Ashley Morris 3,1,1*,1*,Fx = 6+2
Ludvig Lindgren (c) 3,2,3,2,3,2* = 15+1
Steve Worrall 3,3,3,3,1,3 = 16
Ben Hopwood (r) 0,0,0,1 = 1
Alfie Bowtell (r) 0,1,0,0,1 = 2
Josh Embleton - Did not ride

Redcar "SG Petch Bears" 44

​Ben Barker (c) 1*,3,2,2*,1 = 9+2
Jonas B. Andersen 2,0,2,1* = 5+1
Charles Wright 2,2,1,3 = 8
Ellis Perks R,1*,0,2 = 3+1
Jason Garriy 1*,2,3,3,0 = 9+1
Nathan Greaves (guest) (r) 2*,0,F,2* = 4+2
Danny Ayres (r) 3,2,1*,0 = 6+1
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