Edinburgh Monarchs 41 Newcastle Diamonds 52

Smarting from their last visit to Armadale, despite a one-point cup victory, Diamonds believed that had the official on the night had seen most of the decisions in a different light then the margin of victory could have been much greater

Speedway action
Speedway action

Smarting from their last visit to Armadale, despite a one-point cup victory, Diamonds believed that had the official on the night had seen most of the decisions in a different light then the margin of victory could have been much greater.

But after a storming opening bend in heat one, Stuart Robson, team riding superbly with Andrew Tully, fell heavily entering bend four to be excluded. There were concerns for Robson’s wrist which had taken the brunt of the crash.

In the re-run, Tully battled hard against former team-mate Derek Sneddon to come out on top for three points in the shared race with Craig Cook somewhat out of sorts.

Newcastle hit hard in heat two, Lewis Kerr and Chris Schramm making fast gates for a 5-1, and they led 12-6 after a 4-2 third.

Richie Worrall and Kerr again shot from the tapes in the fourth and took the early lead with Claus Vissing overhauling Kerr, but again the Diamonds hit home a 4-2.

The visitors led 22-14 heading into the seventh, a shared 3-3 before Worrall’s fine heat eight win.

But Worrall’s composure went all to pot in heat nine despite leading from the gate as he left first Pijper then Fricke and his own partner Schramm through in the home maximum 5-1.

However, a revitalised Ludvig Lindgren and Andrew Tully held Cook out to the line in heat 10 to restore the eight-point margin.

Robson and Kerr demolished Vissing and Davey in the 11th without trouble to extend the Newcastle lead to 27-39.

Monarchs’ nominated Pijper in heat 12 as the tactical man for double points, but he had to fight hard for his six points against Tully with the pair tussling for position throughout the four laps in an amazing speedway race.

The Monarch got his six in a 6-3 that narrowed the lead to nine, which became seven points when Cook took heat 13 from the gate.

Worrall clashed with Cook and was excluded from the awarded 4-2 with the score now 44-37 in favour of the Diamonds.

The result was sealed though with the Diamonds hitting home a 5-1 from Lindgren and Kerr from the gate as Fricke and Tabaka got themselves into bother behind.

The final 3-3, won by Tully ended the match with the score at 52-41 to the visiting Diamonds – and Monarchs’ skipper Sneddon apologising to the supporters for his side’s efforts.

l TONIGHT Berwick Bandits enjoy a weekend off while Newcastle Diamonds welcome the fast-racing Somerset Rebels to Brough Park on Sunday (6.30pm).

EDINBURGH: Craig Cook 11, Derek Sneddon (captain) 3+1, Theo Piper 11+2, Max Fricke 6+1, Claus Vissing 6, Mitchell Davey 1+1, Jozsef Tabaka 3+1

NEWCASTLE: Stuart Robson (captain) 5, Christian Henry - Rider replacement, Andrew Tully 13+1, Ludvig Lindgren 13, Richie Worrall 8, Chris Schramm 5+3, Lewis Kerr 8+2

 

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