Newcastle Diamonds’ season got off to a wet and curtailed start at Workington on Saturday night, going down by only six points in a match ended by sleet and rain which made the Derwent Park track unridable.
Last night’s return leg at Byker saw Ludvig Lindgren start with a massive pass round the outside of Josh Grajczonek with Christian Henry joining his partner up front for a 5-1 to take the aggregate total to 32-34 in favour of the Comets – which they extended to 37-41 by the end of the third heat.
Former Diamond Rene Bach won the fourth despite Ashley Morris and Lewis Rose tangling, the Newcastle man falling with no action from the referee, allowing Workington to level the match 12-all and regain their six-point aggregate lead 39-45.
After two 3-3 heats Diamonds took a 4-2 victory to narrow the away lead to four, 49-53 – which was then only two points after heat eight thanks to another home 4-2 before a stunning 5-1 by Lindgen and Henry saw Newcastle take the lead 61-59.
But Mason Campton blasted a 4-2 win in heat 11 to level before the Comets ran out 77-73 aggregate winners to take the Ian Thomas Shield.
SATURDAY – Workington: Josh Grajczonek 9, Mason Campton 5+3, Ricky Wells 8, Kyle Howarth 3+2, Rene Bach 3, Chris Mills 3, Ashley Morris 2
Newcastle: Ludvig Lindgren 4, Christian Henry 5, Stuart Robson 7, Lewis Kerr 2+1, Anton Rosen 5, Chris Schramm , Lewis Rose
YESTERDAY – Newcastle: Ludvig Lindgren 13, Christian Henry 7+2, Stuart Robson 7, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Anton Rosen 6+2, Chris Schramm 2+1, Lewis Rose 4
Workington: Josh Grajczonek 9+1, Mason Campton 3, Ricky Wells 6, Kyle Howarth 6, Rene Bach 12+1, Chris Mills 4+2, Ashley Morris 4+1