NEWCASTLE round off their home campaign tomorrow by giving former rider Craig Branney the chance to race against Redcar for the third time in four nights.
Branney’s own side, Workington, lost 50-40 at the Bears in Thursday’s first leg of their Young Shield semi-final and the return leg is at Derwent Park this evening (7pm).
The Diamonds have invited Branney to join them for tomorrow’s first leg of the Tyne-Tees Trophy at Newcastle Stadium (6.30pm) after reaching a special agreement with Redcar that both teams would make every effort to field a seven man line-up for the series Newcastle used to dominate when the Bears were based at Middlesbrough.
But Redcar are the current holders after winning both legs last October and they are going to defend it with Rye House reserve Adam Roynon guesting for their long-term casualty Mat Tresarrieu.
Branney stands in for Newcastle’s injured Dane Jonas Raun and now that Edinburgh’s season has finished, George Stancl is available for another guest booking in place of Diamonds skipper Christian Henry. The second leg is scheduled for Thursday October 25, at South Tees but would be delayed to Saturday 27 if the Bears eliminate Workington tonight because the 25th would become their home date for the Young Shield Final.
Newcastle co-promoter and team manager George English said: “There’s no way we want Redcar spoiling our last home night of the year again as I’ve taken enough stick over the past 12 months. They haven’t stopped reminding me about that double victory in one day when Middlesbrough’s footballers beat the Magpies in the afternoon and then they won the speedway at our place in the evening. This time it should be a cracker, especially as it’ll be the first time we’ve faced them since Paul Clews slipped down to being a reserve for us.”