Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Underdogs Close to Win; Witches Overcome Diamonds by Just One Point

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Underdogs Close to Win; Witches Overcome Diamonds by Just One Point

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Newcastle Diamonds 46 Ipswich Witches 47 N EWCASTLE Diamonds were the underdogs for last night's Premier League home match against Ipswich Witches, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELl.

The Tyneside outfit were without Rene Bach, who was on international duty in Russia.

But they got off to a flyer when Shane Parker of Sheffield - the guest for Mark Lemon - joined forces with Diamonds skipper Derek Sneddon to nab a solid 5-1 in heat one.

However, they were quickly hit by a 5-1 reverse by the Witches, reserves Jerran Hart and Chris Mills seeing off Diamonds' guest Mitch Davey and Richie Worrall to level it 6-6. Sneddon's in-form night continued in the third with a second win, with a spirited chase from Joe Haines taking a good point over Mathieu Tresarrieu in the 4-2, but Taylor Poole and Mills shot out from the gate in the fourth to leave Claes Nedermark looking lost in third as part of a 1-5. Lasse Bjerre - brother of former Diamond Kenneth - and Kevin Doolan took a Witches 5-1 in heat five but then Sneddon (below) took a third win in heat six with Parker holding third as part of a 4-2 to narrow the gap to 16-20.

Wins for Risager and Bjerre in the next two races gave Ipswich two 4-2s to leave Newcastle trailing by eight.

In the ninth, Parker grabbed a massive amount of grip off bend two on the second lap to fly round Poole with Haines third in an all-important 4-2 to tighten the match to 24-30.

The veteran Aussie then stunned the crowd with an amazing last to first burst round bend two of heat 10 to take a huge lead; with Sneddon sneaking third on the line, the deficit was down to only four points, 28-32.

A miserably lacklustre gate from Nedermark allowed Doolan and Bjerre to easily claim another five for the Witches to restore the eight-point gap. Another Witches success in heat 12 gave Newcastle the chance of using a rare tactical ride at home with guest man Parker charged with getting a good double-figure return. …

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