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Scunthorpe Scorpions v Newcastle Diamonds
Friday 11th May 2018, 22:28 UK
Tero Aarnio stood right up to the plate to make sure every one of his magnificent 15+2 counted on a night where the "BTS" Diamonds rode their hearts out, and deserved more than nothing for their collective efforts.
Scunthorpe "Henderson Insurance" Scorpions 50
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 40
SGB Championship Shield group phase

A Newcastle Diamonds' team took to the shale at Scunthorpe including two Berwick guests in Dany Gappmaier and David Howe to cover Lewis Rose and Stuart Robson's rides while the Scorpions used rider-replacement to substitute the rides of the injured Steve Worrall, who, in a very rare situation, stood in as Scunthorpe's team manager, and Newcastle too had Roy Clarke in charge of the managerial shenanigans in place of George English.

Josh Auty too the R/R ride in the opening heat and made an awful gate for the home side but twisted his throttle hard and went from last to first on the first bend to seal a win as Ludvig Lindgren forced his way round Stefan Nielsen on the third lap in a 4-2 result, the same as Heat Two which saw former Diamond, Danny Phillips take Ashley Morris round the outside of the last bend of the third lap.

Auty did a mad dash again in the third, blasting from last to second down the home straight of the third lap, pipping his partner on the line for the win as Howe and Matthew Wethers had to settle for one point in a home 5-1 extending the lead to 13-5, but that was instantly reversed by Tero Aarnio and Ashley Morris, with the number seven taking the win over Jason Garrity and the excluded Manzares, who felt the referee's sharp tongue after being judged to be the cause of a stoppage.

Newcastle's four-point deficit was doubled again in Heat Five, when Lindgren and Gappmaier were left by Auty on a paid win behind Jake Allen in Heat Five as Aarnio expertly took Heat Six after a great pass of Allen on the second lap with the score now 22-14.

One-pointers from Heat Three, Howe and Wethers redeemed themselves perfectly in Heat seven, gating hard over Garrity who couldn't get back on terms with his Diamonds' opposition for the away 1-5, slashing the home lead to four again, but it was back to eight when Nielsen and Manzares overpowered Morris and Gappmaier, again from the gate for their own 5-1 moving the home side further ahead 28-20.

Aarnio continued his brilliant night's work, winning the ninth with ease over the strong Auty as part of a 3-3 shared heat as gating became more and more important as the match progressed, which meant when Wethers and Howe didn't gate as fast as Garrity and Nielsen in Heat 10, the Newcastle duo's fortunes swung low again with the home maximum pushing Scunthorpe 12-up, 36-24.

Gappmaier was removed from Heat 11 by the Newcastle manager, replacing him with tactical substitute Aarnio, as Phillips went over his two-minute allowance with Manzares coming in, and Aarnio made the fastest gate first to win with Lindgren relegating Garrity to the back in a 2-4, bringing the gap back to 10 points with four races to go.

Lindgren and Aarnio found a way past Garrity in Heat 13, but Nielsen was away beyond reach with the shared 3-3 taking the match beyond Newcastle's reach despite a reasonable effort to keep on terms with the Lincolnshire side.

Stand-in team manager, Roy Clarke said: "Tero was definitely the hero tonight for us with that cracking performance tonight with his four win included in a top 15+2 score, living right up to his "Baby-Faced Assassin" nick-name .

"We were close at times and I think we at least deserved one Shield point, as we were so close to that! All the lads rode their hearts out and Tero and Ludvig put in some excellent passes. Mattty Wethers was worth double what he scored, in fact all the team, even Dany Gappmaier and his one point, were riding out of their skins and deserve the credit for keeping it close against a the same team that restricted Redcar to 25 points just one weeks ago."

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Scunthorpe "Henderson Insurance" Scorpions 50

Steve Worrall - Rider replacement
Stefan Nielsen 1,1*,3,2*,3 = 10+2
Josh Auty 3,3,2*,2,3,1 = 14+1
Jake Allen 2*,3,2,1,2*,0 = 10+2
Jason Garrity (c) 1,1,3,0,0 = 5
Danny Phillips (r) 1,0,N2,0,N = 1
Gino Manzares (r) 3,Fx,2*,2,N,3 = 10+1

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 40

Ludvig Lindgren (c) 2,0,1,2,2* = 7+1
Dany Gappmaier (guest) 0,1,0,Ts = 1
David Howe (guest) 1,3,0,2 = 6
Matthew Wethers 0,2*,1,1 = 4+1
Tero Aarnio 2*,3,3,3,1*,3 = 15+2
Carl Wilkinson (r) 2,0,0,N = 2
Ashley Morris (r) 0,3,1,1*,0 = 5+1
Last Updated: Fri 11 May 2018, 22:30 UK
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