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Newcastle Diamonds v Sheffield Tigers
Sunday 29th April 2018, 22:17 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Smarting from a sizeable 59-31 defeat at Owlerton Stadium earlier in April the Newcastle Diamonds were forced into playing a game of revenge again, this time against the Sheffield Tigers who were the opposition at Brough Park last night, but star Diamonds - again - was Ashley Morris and his 14+2 tally.
 
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds: 53

Sheffield "Window Centre" Tigers: 37


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Newcastle were using Lewis Kerr for a guest in place of the injured Stuart Robson, where as Sheffield had drafted in Jason Garrity for Kyle Howarth who had a badly bruised thigh, and the Tigers' guest lined up in Heat One and jetted away to lead well with Todd Kurtz in second, but Ludvig Lindgren rode hard on the inside of bend four to first pass Garrity on lap one and then Kurtz one lap later as Aarnio followed suit under Garrity on the final lap to score a home 4-2.


The following three heats were also 4-2s with the score 16-8, but Heat Four started with confusion as Lasse Bjerre's chain completely snapped causing him a degree of pain and others in the race to be balked, however Ashley Morris chased well behind James Shanes and just nipped up the Tiger's inside for the win as guest Kerr limped home at the rear.


Garrity shot away at the start of Heat Five but this time held his own and extended his lead to take a good win in a Tigers' 2-4 narrowing the gap to 18-12, while Garrity came out as a tactical substitute in the sixth and won again with Shanes in second over a battling Lindgren, but the 1-5 brought Sheffield to within two points of the Diamonds.


Kerr, mounted on his second bike shot away to win Heat Seven by a mile in a home 4-2 to move the score on to 23-19, while the first home 5-1 went to the determined riding of Aarnio and Morris in Heat Eight over Kurtz and the fallen Shanes who got the wrong line under Morris and hit the Diamond amidships in a 5-1 putting Newcastle eight ahead again.


Lindgren's machine gave up the ghost just before the start of Heat 13 and missed he 2-minute time allowance and was replace by Morris who combined with Kerr to restrict Garrity and Bjerre to one point in a home maximum which won the match with two races to go with the score at 47-31.


Team manager George English said: "We certainly regained our fight tonight and all seven lads took at least one full win which is a testament to our strength in depth. Sheffield did a cracking job of beating Redcar at their track, so we did well to keep them under control for much of a decent match with good racing, and what about Ashley Morris- words cannot say how good he's getting at the moment!"

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 53

Ludvig Lindgren (c) 3,1,1*,N2 = 5+1
Tero Aarnio 1,0,3,2 = 6
Michael Palm Toft (guest) 3,2,2,0 = 7
Matthew Wethers 1,0,3,1* = 5+1
Lewis Kerr (guest) 1,3,2,3 = 9
Carl Wilkinson (r) 3,1,1*,2,0 = 7+1
Ashley Morris (r) 1,3,2*,3,2*,3 = 14+2

Sheffield "Window Centre" Tigers 37

Jason Garrity (guest) 0,3,3,3,1,2 = 12
Todd Kurtz (c) 2,1,1,0,0 = 4
Charles Wright 2,2,3,2,3,1* = 13+1
Josh Bates - rider replacement
Lasse Bjerre R,N2,R,R = 0
Jack Smith (r) 0,Fx,Ts,0,N,N = 0
James Shanes (r) 2,2,2*,F,1,1*,0 = 8+1
Last Updated: Sun 29 Apr 2018, 22:20 UK
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BSPA Averages
Stuart Robson

6.77

Ludvig Lindgren

6.58

Ashley Morris

5.80

Tero Aarnio

5.51

Matej Kus

5.31

Matthew Wethers

4.81

Carl Wilkinson

4.45

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