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Newcastle Diamonds v Glasgow Tigers
Sunday 5th August 2018, 23:57 UK
After an unprecedented mid-season hiatus the Newcastle "BTS" Diamonds returned to track action last night as a determined team of Glasgow Tigers arrived desperate to turn round their season and consolidate their third place in the league table, led by Craig Cook, Chris Harris and guest Aaron Summers - all of whom had a proven pedigree round Brough Park.
Patchwork Diamonds find Glasgow too hot to handle

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 35
Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 54
SGB Championship

The Diamonds were without Tero Aarnio (at the Finnish Championship final) and Matej Kus (prior arrangement for a Czech League match) with Jordan Stewart and rider replacement covering their eight races, so going into Heat One tensions were running high with the home team turning defence up to maximum.

Cook duly won Heat One in the fastest visitor's time of the season ahead of Ludvig Lindgren as James Sarjeant held Stuart Robson at the rear in a 2-4 before Sarjeant fell and was excluded from Heat Two on bend two, bringing down Carl Wilkinson as well, while in the re-run Wilkinson and Matty Wethers shot away to win with Jack Thomas falling on the last bend to also be excluded from the 5-0 result.

Harris and Paul Starke took an easy 1-5 over Ashley Morris in Heat Three taking the score to 8-9, before Summers scorched away to win the fourth well ahead of Wethers and Wilkinson in a shared 3-3, preserving the Tiger's one point lead although with Cook winning Heat Five in 61.7 seconds, only 0.7 outside the seven and a half year-old Kenni Larsen figure in a Tigers' 2-4 putting them three ahead.

Sarjeant made a massive rolling start in Heat Six but was not hauled back by the referee as Sarjeant went on to lead and win despite a massive effort from Lindgren to pass both him and Summers as all three crossed the line virtually together with Sarjeant closing the door on Lindgren who fell heavily on the run down the first bend which saw the pair square up to one another with obvious disagreement boiling over on what happened, but the 1-5 was in the bag, as it was in Heat Seven to take the score to 15-26.

Lindgren was out again in the eighth on his second machine and in a new helmet after the earlier damage, and shot out to pass Starke well and win in fine style in a 4-2 narrowing the gap to 19-28, which was reduced by two more points in Heat Nine which saw tactical substitute Lindgren line up against Sarjeant, and the Diamonds' man shot away from the tapes to win well ahead of Summers and Morris as Sarjeant tailed off for last place, the score now 23-30.

Lindgren and Robson made miraculous passes round Harris on the opening lap of Heat 10 to hold a vital 5-1 for the Diamonds to the end narrowing Glasgow's lead to a slender three points again, 28-31, but with Cook back out again in Heat 11, nothing was certain as the visiting number one came to the tapes, but it was Morris who gated and led brilliantly for two laps until Cook rounded him off bend four to share the race 3-3.

Harris and Sarjeant took another 1-5 in the `12th over Wethers and a fallen Wilkinson, but Cook riding well as a team man behind Summers in Heat 13 was enough to end the Diamonds' hopes with the 1-5 over Robson and Wethers taking the score to an unassailable 33-44.

Team manager George English was as dissatisfied as the supporters saying: "Few had given us any hope of success with the make-shift side we were forced to field against a side on the up with a Brough expert in as a guest, but Glasgow have had a poor run away from home and we were still hoping for them to suffer another on-the-road collapse, but that wasn't to be.

"There was just about everything in this match from controversy, good racing, although after an after-race altercation in Heat six has resulted in Ludvig Lindgren picking up an unnecessary hand injury, which just shows how well he rode in his races after that in a lot of pain and we can only wish him well for a quick recovery, tinged with annoyance over how it came about.

"At the end of the night its an overwhelming feeling of frustration and extreme disappointment which accompanied us back home."

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 35

Stuart Robson (c) 0,0,2*,1,1 = 4+1
Ludvig Lindgren 2,1,3,3,3 = 12
Jordan Stewart (guest) 0,0,0,N = 0
Ashley Morris 1,2,1,2,1,0 = 7
Tero Aarnio - Rider replacement
Carl Wilkinson (r) 3,1*,1,1*,R,F = 6+2
Matthew Wethers (r) 2,2,1,1,0 = 6+1
Josh Embleton - did not ride

Glasgow "Allied Vehicle" Tigers 54

Craig Cook 3,3,3,2*3 = 14+1
Nathan Greaves - Rider replacement
Chris Harris (c) 2*,2*1,3,2* = 10+3
Paul Starke 3,3,2,0,2* = 10+1
Aaron Summers (guest) 3,2*,2,3 = 10+1
James Sarjeant (r) 1,Fx,1,3,0,2*,3 = 10+1
Jack Thomas (r) Fx,0,0,R,N = 0
Sheldon Davies - did not ride
Last Updated: Sun 05 Aug 2018, 23:59 UK
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