Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Speedway

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Speedway

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NEWCASTLE Diamonds' Premier League play-off first leg at home to Edinburgh Monarchs takes place tomorrow (6.30pm).

The winners meet King's Lynn or Birmingham in the final with the overall winner going on to face bottom Elite League club, Belle Vue Aces of Manchester, in a home and away clash for promotion to the top tier of British racing for 2010.

The Diamonds are without Kenni Larsen who is at the World Under-21 Final in Croatia and they bring in Glasgow's Willie Lawson as guest replacement, a rider with a 15-point maximum at Brough Park to his name in 2009 already when he was a Berwick Bandit.

The rest of the side are at full strength and raring to go, with Mark Lemon also capable of hitting home a few five-ride maximums of his own of late.

The second leg is at Edinburgh Speedway next Friday, 7.30, so Newcastle will be out to hammer home a big win tomorrow to give them a fighting chance of a final appearance.

Newcastle's Darryl Illingworth is eager to get on with it: "We're going for this tooth and nail and any team that tries to get in our way had better watch out - the Diamonds are rollin' on!" BERWICK Bandits will attempt to salvage their Young Shield aspirations at Workington Comets tonight, already down 20 points from their home leg drubbing last weekend.

The Derwent Park leg (7pm) is likely to provide Workington with a straightforward entry into the semi-finals, but several Bandits were far from happy and led by skipper Paul Clews hope to punish the Comets tonight.

Michal Makovsky is also just four points away from beating Steve McDermott's all-time Bandits point-scoring record.

Workington are using in-form Newcastle Diamond star Mark Lemon once more as a guest for the injured Kevin Doolan, but welcome back newly-crowned National League Riders' Champion Craig Cook who took the prestigious title last Saturday at Rye House.

If Berwick do stage a comeback then Pole Stanislaw Burza's return will be significant as he has no Polish commitments such as those that dragged him out of last week's first leg. …

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