Rain is only winner

A FLOODED Newcastle track coupled with the forecast of much more rain to come caused an early call-off of last night’s Premier League match between the Diamonds and Rye House Rockets.

A FLOODED Newcastle track coupled with the forecast of much more rain to come caused an early call-off of last night’s Premier League match between the Diamonds and Rye House Rockets.

The decision meant the Newcastle riders started a mid-season home break a week earlier than expected as the next match at Byker is not until Sunday, July 15, when Stoke are the visitors.

The pause in proceedings comes about firstly as a result of the Diamonds’ promoters not scheduling a fixture for next Sunday – the day after officials, riders and supporters will have attended the British Grand Prix at Cardiff.

Secondly, the Diamonds were due to race against Birmingham at Byker on Sunday, July 8, but the Brummies are one of eight teams taking part in the rearranged Premier League Four-Team Championship at Peterborough that same day and Newcastle were unable to find alternative opposition.

Co-promoter and team manager George English said: “It was hugely disappointing to have to postpone the visit of Rye House, more so because we knew there would be no racing for the next two weeks.

“The track was flooded to an even greater degree than last week when our track staff worked miracles to get the match on against King’s Lynn.

“However, our riders still have commitments before we return to Byker, and Christian Henry and Josef Franc start the ball rolling on Friday when they represent Newcastle in the Pairs Championship.

“Then next Sunday Franc rides in the Welsh Open Championship at Newport.

“We also have three away league matches, at Edinburgh on Friday, July 6, Berwick on Saturday, July 7, and King’s Lynn on Wednesday, July 11, from which we hope to pick up a few points.”

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