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Workington Comets v Newcastle Diamonds
Saturday 7th October 2017, 22:01 UK
For the second night running, a spirited effort from the Sapphire Engineering Diamonds saw them just miss out on victory by two slender points, this time at the Workington Comets.
Workington Comets: 46
Newcastle Diamonds: 44
SGB Championship

A huge delay preceded the SGB Championship league match at Workington last night with the Newcastle Diamonds having to sit back and wait for over 45 minutes while a track that was unsatisfactory to the riders and referee for racing was rectified.

The wait was worthwhile for the Diamonds as Robert Lambert and Ashley Morris made a solid gate in Heat One to take an unexpectedly easy 1-5 over Craig Cook and James Sarjeant to take a fine early lead, but Sarjeant bounced back rapidly in Heat Two to win well as Alfie Bowtell shot hard under Tom Wooley to take second in a 4-2 with the score moving on to 5-7.

Unfortunately the two point lead was handed to the Comets in Heat Three won from the off by Matt Williamson over Mason Campton who rode out of his skin to keep Stuart Robson in third, but the home maximum put Workington 10-8 ahead.

The narrow gap remained after two subsequent 3-3s before Cook took a dive under Worrall on the first bend of Heat Six, forcing the Diamonds' man wide off bend two with Campton whipping through too, but Worrall fought back, getting close, then taking full advantage of Campton drifting off line, passing the Comet for second in a home 4-2 doubling Workington's lead to four points.

Newcastle were looking set for a 2-4 of their own in Heat Eight, but Ty Proctor rounded Morris off bend two while a good ride from Bowtell just failed to get the deserved point as Sarjeant pipped him on the line in a Workington 4-2 which put the home side six ahead, 27-21.

Worrell then Cook took the next two heats in shared raced with the score 33-27 going into Heat 11 which caused further delay with a malfunctioning starting gate, but once underway Lambert blew the field away at the gate to take a big early lead for his third win on the trot while Morris held Sarjeant at the back for a Newcastle 2-4 cutting the opposition lead to four again.

That was back to six after a Heat 12 4-2 won by Sarjeant over Robson, but Heat 13 came to a juddering halt when Cook and Worrall collided on bend one, and after a short delay both limped back to the pits o prepare for the re-run but Cook needed to take a visit to the medical room adding to the delay before the top Comet was withdrawn from the meeting with a toe injury.

The re-run saw Worrall take the three ahead of Lambert  despite Proctor riding all over his exhaust pipe, but that 1-5 closed the gap to 40-38 with two races to go, but with the Heat 14 4-2 in which Bowtell fell, it meant Newcastle needed a 1-5 in the last heat to pull off a draw.

The final and decisive heat saw Worrall and Lambert up against Proctor and Campton, and with Lambert out in front, Proctor held Worrall in third with the 2-4 result ending the match with a narrow Workington win, 46-44

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Workington: Craig Cook (captain) 7, Thomas Jorgensen - Rider replacement, Mason Campton 6+2, Matt Williamson 9+1, Ty Proctor 14, James Sarjeant 8, Tom Woolley (guest) 1

Newcastle: Robert Lambert 14+1, Ashley Morris 5+1, Stuart Robson 6+1, Ludvig Lindgren (captain) 5+1, Steve Worrall 11, Kelsey Dugard (guest) 0, Alfie Bowtell 3+1
Last Updated: Sat 07 Oct 2017, 22:04 UK
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