Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tight Victory for the Crashing Diamonds; SPEEDWAY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tight Victory for the Crashing Diamonds; SPEEDWAY

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Glasgow Tigers .................................. 43 Newcastle Diamonds ......................... 47 NEWCASTLE Diamonds were once again involved in a tight and tense match yesterday in the Premier Trophy, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELL.

The opening three races took nearly an hour to run as several riders crashed out of the action, starting in heat one when Lee Dicken reared into the first bend and took Derek Sneddon with him. Although both riders were okay, the re-run produced a good 1-5 to Newcastle. Heat two saw Dakota North, Mitchell Davey and Adam Mckinna crash in a second bend collision that put Davey out of the meeting and the Diamonds' pair battered and bruised, while Jason King got into bother at the start of heat three sending his partner, Rene Bach, into the fence. Both riders were able to continue.

A win for Kenni Larsen in the fifth race along with Sneddon's fine third place over James Grieves levelled the match at 15-all, while a heat six Tigers' advantage of two could not be rectified in the seventh heat with Bach, his bike damaged in the previous crash, out on McKinna's bike, leaving the score in the Tigers' favour at 22-20.

Excellent wins for Sneddon in heat eight added to a point from McKinna, and another fine three points from Mark Lemon in the ninth, put Newcastle twoup at 26-28 with six races to go.

A fuel problem for Josh Grajczonek in heat 11 left the door open for Larsen and Sneddon to take an easy 1-5 from Jamie Courtney to send Newcastle six up (30-36), but Glasgow hauled their visitors back within two points after a drawn-out heat 13 as Larsen's potential maximum was shattered with Travis McGowan and Grajczonek keeping the Dane at bay.

A perfectly timed 2-4 to Bach and North in the 14th left the home side needing a 5-1 to draw the match with Newcastle, but Larsen fired up his win in the final race clinching the match for Newcastle by 43-37, despite Lemon having to go off a 15m handicap for exceeding the two-minute time allowance. …

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