Newcastle Diamonds 66 Sheffield Tigers 29
Newcastle Diamonds went into last night’s Premier League encounter with the Sheffield Tigers with three league points firmly on their minds to continue their climb up the table.
An emphatic victory ensured they achieved their taget. Richie Worrall made no error in his gating in heat one to easily take three points, with Chris Schramm taking third in a home 4-2.
Then a hard first bend from Damien Koppe, leaning on Schramm saw the Diamond join his partner Kerr up front but on the home straight Facu Albin tangled with partner Koppe bringing both tumbling down hard with the Argentinian excluded – in the re-run the Diamonds took an easy 5-1 to lead 9-3.
Stuart Robson and Kerr found the going as easy as you like in heat four to take a massive win over the decidedly uncomfortable-looking Adam Roynon and Albin to take a 5-1. Tigers’ guest Doolan took a wide dive round Tully off bend two only for the Diamond to reclaim the lead off the fourth and, with Lindgren comfortably in third, another home 4-2 was set in stone, taking the score to 22-8. After another 4-2 Tigers nominated Wells as a tactical ride in heat seven and he took a solid lead, chased hard by Robson who reeled the Tiger in, but Wells got the six in a 2-7 result to narrow the scores to 28-17.
A roller of a gate from Tully was hauled back in heat eight, but the Diamond proved such tactics needless as he jetted away to win ahead of Kerr in another home maximum for 33-18.
Team riding at its best saw Tully and Lindgen take another five for Newcastle in heat nine. In heat 10, Worrall made an impossibly good gate to take a big lead with Robson second for 43-20. Doolan was nominated as Sheffield’s last tactical ride and settled in second early. Schramm cut back hard under him to relegate him to third, only for the Aussie to return the pass for a 4-4 to make it 47-24 – the match was New- castle’s with four races left to race.
Newcastle: Richie Worrall 14+1, Christian Henry - Rider replacement, Andrew Tully 14+1, Ludvig Lindgren 10+1, Stuart Robson (captain) 13+1, Chris Schramm 5+2, Lewis Kerr 10+2.
Sheffield: Kevin Dolan (guest) 9, Joe Haines 0, Ricky Wells 12, Andre Compton 1, Adam Roynon 4, Damien Koppe 1, Facu Albin 2.