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Lakeside Hammers v Newcastle Diamonds
Saturday 15th September 2018, 22:02 UK
BTS Diamonds Just Fail To Put Down The Hammers
The Newcastle Boiler Technical Services Diamonds had to settle for a consolation point after their great efforts in pushing the home side Lakeside Hammers all the way in a pulsating meeting. It could have been much more for the determined Diamonds but in the end Lakeside’s top-end strength was the difference.

Restored to the No. 1 race jacket, Swede Ludvig Lindgren flew from the gate to outpace the Hammers pairing of Richard Lawson and Ben Morley who took the rider replacement ride for Kyle Newman. It was a shared heat though as The Diamonds rider replacement for Matej Kus, Carl Wilkinson trailed in 4th.

It was the home side who made the first strike in heat 2 as Alfie Bowtell produced a stunning first bend to race away to a great win with partner and guest Jack Thomas tucking in for a 5 – 1 result from Matty Wethers in 3rd place.

The Hammers duo of Adam Ellis and Morley equalled their reserve spot team-mates in the next one leaving Ashley Morris and Tero Aarnio trailing in their wake with a second successive 5 – 1 creating an early eight-point lead at 13 – 5.

It was a share of the spoils in heat 4 as Skipper Stuart Robson and Wethers held Bowtell at the back with Nick Morris out of sight in front for the win. After Ellis touched the tapes and was handicapped 15 meters he then fell off in the re-run to be excluded.

This allowed The Diamonds to hit back and close the gap to 17 – 13 as Lindgren took his second heat win off the night followed home by partner Morris to record a 5 – 1 result and their first heat advantage of the night.

Unfortunately for The Diamonds, Lakeside hit back immediately with Lawson winning the race and Bowtell producing a stunning ride to head off Robson and enabling The Hammers to return to an 8-point gap at 22 – 14.

Gating was looking paramount as the Newcastle pair of Ash Morris and Aarnio jetted away in heat 7 leaving Nick Morris and Thomas in their wake to record an excellent 5 – 1 and cut the gap back to four points again at 23 – 19.

Heat 8 saw the Hammers bring in Ellis as the rider replacement and the Young British Lions star showed no ill-effects from his earlier crash as he took the win with the Diamonds reserve pairing of Wethers and Wilkinson packing the minor places for another shared heat.

The gap stayed at four points following the next two races as the teams swapped 4 – 2 results. Morley took the honours in heat 9 with Ellis grabbing third to open up a six-point gap but Aarnio took the win in the following heat with Ash Morris in third leaving the sides at 32 – 28 with five races to go.

The difference was still four after heat 11 as Nick Morris became the first home rider to lower Lindgren’s colours but the Swede was followed home by partner Wethers in a solid shared heat. A result that was repeated in the next race as Wethers and Ash Morris followed winner Ellis home.

The crucial heat 13 brought a disastrous result for the away side. Lindgren was away in the lead before Lawson forced his way through to the front. Lindgren then overdid it trying to comeback on Lawson and slid off with Nick Morris coming through to complete a 5 – 1 meaning Lakeside were eight up with two heats remaining.

With the Diamonds eight down, Lindgren was brought in as a tactical substitute with two 5 – 1’s required for the away side to take a draw. He duly obliged following his partner Aarnio home in a re-run that saw Thomas excluded from the original to set-up a heat 15 decider.

There were no surprises at the nominated riders for the final race. Lakeside’s big two Nick Morris and Richard Lawson lined up against the two Diamonds that had taken the 5 – 1 in the previous race.

This time the away riders couldn’t quite match their efforts of the previous race despite an excellent effort. Aarnio did make the gate but once he was passed by Lawson the away side’s hopes were ended in a 4 – 2 final home result that sealed the victory for The Hammers.

Diamonds Team Manager George English was far from down after the meeting as he commended his side for their efforts.

“I thought the lads gave a great account of themselves tonight and on another occasion, we may well have come away with more than the one point which was the least we deserved for their performance.”

“Ludde and Tero really gave it everything in those last two races in particular but I thought all the lads really gave their all and, in the end, it was only really the strength of Lakeside’s top three that got them over the line.”

“We now have to look forward to tomorrow night when we take on Workington looking to end our season on a high and then hope to watch young Archie Freeman of The Gems take a British Youth Championship that his excellent efforts this season deserve.”

Lakeside Hammers = 48

1. Richard Lawson - 2, 3, 2, 3, 3 = 13
2. R/R for Kyle Newman - (BM - 1', AB - 2', AE - 3, JT - 0 = 6+2)
3. Adam Ellis - 3, Fx, 3, 1, 3 = 10
4. Ben Morley - 1', 2', 1, 3, 1 = 8+2
5. Nick Morris - 3, 1, 3, 2', 1 = 10+1
6. Jack Thomas (Guest) - 2', 0, 0, X = 2+1
7. Alfie Bowtell - 3, 0, 2', 0, 0, 0 = 5+1

Newcastle Diamonds = 42

1. Ludvig Lindgren - 3, 3, 2, F, 2', 0 = 10+1
2. R/R for Matej Kus - (CW - 0, AM - 2', CW - 1', MW 1'- = 4+3)
3. Ashley Morris - 1, 2', 3, 1, 1' = 8+2
4. Tero Aarnio - 0, 2', 3, 3, 2 = 10+1
5. Stuart Robson - 2, 1, 2, 1 = 6
6. Carl Wilkinson - 0, 0, R, 1', 0 = 1+1
7. Matthew Wethers - 1, 1', 2, 1', 2 = 7+2
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