Richie Worrall scored a 15-point maximum as Newcastle Diamonds confirmed their superiority over Rye House Rockets.
Keen to build on their recent away win at the Rockets, the Diamonds knew they would meet a determined outfit at Brough Park last night.
Both Christian Henry and Ludvig Lindgren suffered engine failures in heats one and three respectively, but a break in scoring when Lewis Kerr fell in heat Two presented the Rockets reserve pair, Kasper Lykke and Simon Lambert, with a 2-4 result.
With the score 11-13 going into heat five, it was a relief to see Lindgren jet to lead, followed by Andrew Tully who held on to second place despite challenges from Rye’s guest man Kevin Doolan in a home 5-1 which put the Diamonds 16-14 in front.
Henry’s bike made amends for its misdemeanour by completing heat six in second place behind his partner Stuart Robson again over a determined Doolan, increasing the lead to six (21-15).
Henry and Kerr shot from the gate in heat eight to hammer home another 5-1 over a fading Jason Bunyan and Lambert to move 29-19 up, allowing the Rockets to use a tactical rider.
The tactical man jumped at the tapes and broke them, dragging them round with him to receive a penalty from the handicap with his double points’ effort now going from a 15-metre handicap, but he could make no impact on the race which ended a home 5-1 taking the score to 34-20.
The sides came out of the interval with Newcastle leading 36-24. All eyes were on Chris Schramm who found his Tyneside form and hit home an easy second place over Doolan and Bunyan to take the score on to 41-25.
Anders Mellgren was nominated as a tactical ride in heat 12 for a double tally. In a blanket finish with Kerr taking the win, Mellgren made a last-ditch dive to try and pass Tully but in the tightest of finishes he missed out and another 5-1 entered the record books as the Diamonds sealed the win with three races left to run.
Team manager George English said: “Three more good league points in the bag was what we were after and we got just that with some spirited racing.”
LAST NIGHT’S SCORERS
NEWCASTLE SAPPHIRE ENGINEERING DIAMONDS: Stuart Robson (captain) 7, Christian Henry 9+2, Andrew Tully 9+3 (max), Ludvig Lindgren 9, Richie Worrall 15 (max), Chris Schramm 4+2, Lewis Kerr 7+2.
RYE HOUSE: Kevin Doolan 4+1, Jason Bunyan (captain) 5, Anders Mellgren 11, Tyson Nelson 3+2, Robert Mear – rider replacement , Kasper Lykke 4, Simon Lambert 3+1.