Newcastle Diamonds have a big score to settle

Newcastle Diamonds travel to the Edinburgh Monarchs for a Premier League clash tonight expecting, as they do at every meeting, to get a good result

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Newcastle Diamonds travel to the Edinburgh Monarchs for a Premier League clash tonight expecting, as they do at every meeting, to get a good result – and the team currently justifies that confidence.

They have scored at least 44 points in six of their away matches this season, only failing to reach that mark at Somerset, and have won three times.

They look particularly formidable at Armadale and, although they won 45-44 on their KO Cup visit, they were far from satisfied with that and thought they should have won by more.

Newcastle team manager George English said: “We have a point to prove.

“Last time in the cup, while we did take the win, we were up against everything – especially the official in charge of the event who had an especially poor night and all at our expense.

“So tonight as ever we are going away to win, but this time we are out to get all those extra points we should have won in the cup with a determination second to none.

“All I can say to the Monarchs is beware we are not playing games tonight.”

Newcastle, though, must do without the unlucky Christian Henry.

He was involved in a horrific -looking crash at Leicester last Saturday when he fell and was struck from behind by blameless Ashley Birks who was following close behind.

Injury, however, does not appear to weaken them.

Henry scored just three on his last visit and his rides can be shared by Tully, Lindgren, Worrall and Kerr – all good scorers at Armadale.

An Edinburgh representative said: “Newcastle do not appear to have a weakness.

“At seven they have Lewis Kerr who has been one of the sensations of the season in his debut Premier League year.

“They have added the experience of battling Chris Schramm on a ridiculously low average since their last visit.

“So we are in for a hard one tonight and we know there is a lot of work to be done.”

Edinburgh race for the first time since they won the Four Team Championship on Sunday and will be parading the trophy before the meeting.

EDINBURGH MONARCHS: Craig Cook, Derek Sneddon (capt.), Theo Pijper, Max Fricke, Claus Vissing, Mitchell Davey, Jozsef Tabaka.

NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS: Stuart Robson (capt.), rider replacement for Christian Henry, Andrew Tully, Ludvig Lindgren, Richie Worrall, Chris Schramm, Lewis Kerr.

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