Newcastle Diamonds take precious three points – just

Both teams started out in the play-off zone before heat one at Foxhall Heath Stadium last night, with Newcastle desperate to continue their great start to the 2013 Premier League campaign

Newcastle Diamonds

Both teams started out in the play-off zone before heat one at Foxhall Heath Stadium last night, with Newcastle desperate to continue their great start to the 2013 Premier League campaign.

The Witches were also keen to preserve their good run after four matches, but it was the Diamonds returnee from injury, Andrew Tully, who shot from the gate to lead well with Stuart Robson at the back, but the Sunderland-born man soon passed Ben Barker on the second lap and exchanged passes with Ritchie Hawkins in lap three to take second.

But on lap four Tully fell on the second bend whilst in front reducing the 1-5 to a 3-3, but thankfully the stricken Diamond reported no ill effects from the crash.

Steve Worrall retired from heat two with engine trouble leaving Cameron Heaps and Frenchman Adam Ellis to take a solid home 5-1 over Lewis Kerr.

That was repeated by Rohan Tungate and Morten Risager with Ludvig Lindgren and Christian Henry having a coming together on lap three, which saw the Aussie retire from the Witches’ second 1-5 taking the score to 13-5.

Richie Worrall and Kerr looked set for a Diamond’s 1-5 in heat four but Leigh Lanham intervened to ensure a 3-3, a score repeated in the next two heats before Lindgren and Henry got their act together well in heat seven, both making lightning gates to take a solid 1-5.

Tully roasted up the gate in heat eight backed up magnificently by Kerr to take a visitors’ 1-5 and level the match 24-all with seven races to go.

Tungate and Risager both took a Worrall twin from behind on the second lap in a home 4-2, while a Henry fall in heat 10 logged another 4-2 into the Witches’ locker, the score 32-28.

Robson overhauled Lanham in the first lap of the 11th with Tully already out in front to take another Newcastle maximum 1-5 to level it 33-33; they remained level after the 12th.

Then Robson and Richie Worrall made a 1-5 gate but Barker took Worrall down the back straight on the second lap and soared round Robson just pipping him on the finish line for a 3-3 with the scores still locked 39-39.

Heat 14 saw Kerr pass Ellis mid lap one, only for Risager to take Lindgren and Ellis at the start of the last lap to ease into second as Lindgen passed Ellis and Risager took Kerr in another 3-3.

With one to go it was 42-42 but with an excellent blast from the gate from both Richie Worrall and Robson, Tungate could do nothing and the 1-5 gave the Diamonds a great away league victory and three vital league points.

IPSWICH: Ben Barker 9+1, Ritchie Hawkins 5+1, Rohan Tungate 12, Morten Risager 6+1, Leigh Lanham 5, Adam Ellis 2+1, Cameron Heaps 4+1

NEWCASTLE: Stuart Robson 12+1, Andrew Tully 6+2, Christian Henry 5+1, Ludvig Lindgren 7+1, Richie Worrall 11+1, Steve Worrall 0, Lewis Kerr 6+2

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