Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Depleted Diamonds Sting the Scorpions

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Depleted Diamonds Sting the Scorpions

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WHEN top scorer Stuart Robson joined Newcastle's ever-lengthening casualty list on Saturday, few gave the Diamonds any chance of winning last night's home match against Scunthorpe.

However, the remaining five riders - plus dependable guest Jason Lyons - put on a defiant display against the Scorpions, who had won at Newport the previous night, and edged to a 49-45 victory to pick up two Premier League points.

Robson was sent crashing out of the match at Workington in his second ride.

The Comets' Gary Irving tried an ambitious inside pass of Jason King which sent the pair straight into the unsuspecting Robson - who did not know what had hit him.

The Sunderland-born rider was taken to hospital with shoulder and rib damage and, though present at Byker last night, was in no fit state to ride again.

Robson's scheduled rides were shared out yesterday and produced a healthy eight (paid nine) points.

Claes Nedermark won his extra race, Derek Sneddon and Lyons bagged second places and reserve Richie Worrall, entrusted with the last one, finished third behind partner Kyle Newman.

Worrall, racing against twin brother Steve for the first time at Newcastle, had the unique experience of meeting - and beating - his sibling on all five occasions they faced each other.

Newcastle's Richie rattled up his second double-figure score for the club, and his 10 (paid 11) tally was instrumental in the Diamonds' eventual victory. At one stage, it looked as though Newcastle were set to take all three league points as they led by 13 - 37-24 - with just five heats remaining.

Lyons, Nedermark and Worrall had won eight races between them, while only Ben Wilson and Tero Aarnio had been successful for Scunthorpe.

However, a tactical ride win for double points by David Howe in heat 11 lit the fuse for a stinging response by the Scorpions. …

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