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Workington Comets v Newcastle Diamonds
Friday 21st September 2018, 22:12 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Diamonds' cup dream ends in Cumbria
 
Workington "Thomas Armstrong" Comets 61
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 29
SGB Championship Knockout Cup 1/4 Final Second Leg

Workington Win on Aggregate 111-69

The Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds were well and truly underdogs at the Workington Comets last night after having lost the Byker leg of the SGB Championship Knockout Cup Quarter Final first leg a month ago 40-50, and the home appeared to be a side certainly bolstered with guest Aaron Summers coupled with the return from injury of Nikolaj Klindt.

The Diamonds' including rider replacement for Ludvig Lindgren, and was then further changed before the match took to the Derwent Park shale with James Hitchin and Josh Embleton (for Matej Kus and Matthew Wethers) drafted in making aggregate success an even bigger task.

Indeed after Heat Two the Diamonds were a maximum 10-2 down on the night with Stuart Robson and Carl Wilkinson taking the two third places as the enormity of the task in hand became painfully obvious.

Tero Aarnio took a Heat Three second from the gate behind Rene Bach while Ashley Morris managed to hold Summers at the back in a 3-3, holding the deficit at eight, 13-5, but overall the Comets aggregate lead had extended to 63-45, while the fourth restored the home 5-1s as Ty Proctor went round Robson off bend two to join Mason Campton up front with the score now 18-6.

Bach beat Aarnio again in Heat Five, but initially it looked like a home 5-1 until Summers' bike blew loudly off bend four when leading, grinding him to a halt gifting Newcastle the three points, but with two solid gates from Rasmus Jensen and Klindt over Robson and Wilkinson moving the score to 26-10, meaning overall the Comets led 76-50.

After Heat Eight, won by Jensen over Campton over Wilkinson (after a hard blocking move from Campton which Wilkinson was far from happy with) and Hitchin as the home side roared ever closer an aggregate success as the scores on the night moved on to 34-14, with the aggregate sitting at 84-54.

As the rain began to fall, Heat Nine's 5-1 from Bach and Summers, who whipped up under Robson ended the mathematical challenge from Newcastle with six heats of the match remaining as overall Workington were now 34 points ahead, and only 30 available to the Diamonds should they take six maximums, as the Comets celebrated taking a semi final place against Edinburgh.

The night was most notable for Heat 13 which saw Stuart Robson taking his last ride of the night, but certainly was his last ever ride for the Diamonds as he announced his retirement from the sport at the end of this season during Sunday's last home match of the year at Brough, and he took a fine round of applause as he crossed the line, only fair for one of the sport's greatest servants of recent times.

Team manager George English said: "Disappointing doesn't even scratch the surface tonight as circumstances dictated we had to field a side which was going to struggle, and to end on a damp squib like this was never in the script. James Hitchin performed better than his 1+1 would suggest and certainly showed to be a young man with promise, and we did get six more points here tonight than we did when we had a full team in the league, still.... Roll on 2019 - out 90th Birthday season!"

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Workington "Thomas Armstrong" Comets 61 (111)

Nicolai Klindt 2*,2*,R,3,3 = 10+2
Rasmus Jensen 3,3,3,3 = 12
Aaron Summers (guest) 0,R,2*,2* = 4+2
Rene Bach 3,3,3,3 = 12
Ty Proctor 2*,3,3,N = 8+1
Kyle Bickley (r) 3,0,0,1,0 = 4
Mason Campton (r) 2*,3,2*,3,1 = 11+2

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 29 (69)

Ludvig Lindgren - Rider replacement
James Hitchin (guest) 0,1*,0,0 = 1+1
Ashley Morris 1*,2,1*,2,0,0 = 6+2
Tero Aarnio 2,2,1*,2,2,2 = 11+1
Stuart Robson (c) 1,1,1,1,2 = 6
Carl Wilkinson (r) 1,F,1,1*,1,1* = 5+2
Josh Embleton (r) F,0,0,N = 0
Last Updated: Fri 21 Sep 2018, 22:12 UK
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