With the Premier League play-offs approaching, Newcastle Diamonds know every league point is vital and had to hit Edinburgh hard from the off.
However, the fastest man round Brough Park this year, Craig Cook, made the rest of the field look ordinary by jetting away to lead and take a big win.
Behind, however, Richie Worrall was passed by Derek Sneddon on the third lap as Edinburgh went into a 5-1 lead, extended to a 9-3 advantage after a heat-two win by Max Fricke backed up in third admirably by teenager Liam Carr.
With Ludvig Lindgren well out in front in heat three and Andrew Tully in second, Hungarian Jozsef Tabaka swooped hard inside Tully and swept the Newcastle man off his wheels and off the track.
The referee instantly excluded the Monarch from the re-run, in which Tully passed Monarchs guest Aaron Summers on bend three to take the heat 4-2 and reduce the Edinburgh lead to 11-7.
Anton Rosen continued his excellent Newcastle career with a fine overtake round Tabaka as Kerr took the hard inside line to form a Diamonds 5-1 which levelled the score at 12-12.
With Cook again nipping between Lindgren and Tully, the 3-3 held the scores even at 15-15.
Kerr was comfortably in second on the third bend in heat six but over-slid and flipped up and over on to the track.
He got to his feet instantly and found himself excluded from the re-run, which was won well by Summers over Worrall in a 2-4 to again place Edinburgh into a 19-17 lead.
Tabaka again found himself excluded. this time from heat seven when he fell on the opening bend in an eventual 3-3.
Another share came in heat eight won well by Kerr.
Newcastle took the lead for the first time after a superb heat 10 as Tully shot between Summers and Tabaka and Lindgren weaved between both Monarchs to take second in a good home maximum 5-1, taking the score to 28-26.
A second home 5-1 was hammered firmly home by Tully and Worrall in heat 10 to push the gap to six points in the Diamonds’ favour.
An expected 5-1 for Sneddon, nursed expertly home by Cook, over Rosen narrowed Newcastle’s lead to two again – but a second great win for Kerr in the 12th as part of a 4-2 managed to put four points between the sides at 38-34.
Worrall made a superb start to heat 13 and headed Cook, but at the rear Carr lost control, spun and fell on bend three.
He was excluded from the re-run in which the referee called the start back.
Cook moved fractionally before the tapes went up at the third asking, but the referee let it go with Cook taking a massive win in the 3-3 to take the score with two races to go to 41-37.
Lindgren flew away to lead and win well, Kerr taking a terrific battle with Tabaka early on to seal second as Tabaka and Fricke eventually got in each other’s way – the vital 5-1 sealing a 46-38 win for Newcastle. Cook won heat 15 and picked up the Spencer Oliver Trophy as Newcastle won all three league points.pointseam manager George English said: “We expected this to be a hard match, and Edinburgh didn’t disappoint but out lads rode hard against stiff opposition and pulled out some vital points just when we needed them and Lewis Kerr’s races later in the match were vitally important to our victory which strengthens our position in the play-off top six as we move on to a stab at the League title itself.”
Tonight at 7.30pm the Diamonds are back at their Newcastle Stadium (Brough Park) home for another Premier League match this time with the far travelled Plymouth Devils led by former Diamond’s skipper, veteran Aussie Mark Lemon who is certain to make sure his form club know what they’ve been missing in 2013 so far.