Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diamonds and Bandits on Track for League Action; Speedway

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diamonds and Bandits on Track for League Action; Speedway

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NEWCASTLE Diamonds and Berwick Bandits are in action tonight 54 miles apart, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELL.

The Tynesiders take a rare Saturday night Premier League booking at the Edinburgh Monarchs (7pm) while the Bandits welcome the Rebels from Somerset at the same time to Shielfield Park.

The Monarchs have a backlog of fixtures to catch up on, hence their unusual extra meeting tonight and will be at full strength with new signing Hungarian Jzsef Tabaka available. Newcastle, still league leaders, are looking to continue the trend of taking at least one league point from every league match so far in 2012.

After Thursday's narrow 48-42 defeat at Redcar they will be going all out to take the a full win tonight - and by more than seven points to secure all four points on offer. Still handicapped by the injuries to both Worrall twins, the Diamonds have drafted in more guests tonight.

Team manager George English said: "Tonight we're using another rider who we believe has a good knowledge of the Armadale circuit.

"He is Glagsow's Australian Mason Campton, who has had several bookings there already in 2012.

"We are also using young Paul Starke who races for the National League's Isle of Wight team and again has put together some handy performances over the months this season."

The Diamonds meet Redcar at Brough Park tomorrow (6.30pm) as they attempt to avenge Thursday night's defeat.

Berwick welcome back trackrecord holder Sebastian Alden for tonight's match against Somerset after recovering from a hand injury - sustained at Ipswich two weeks ago. Alden will be joined on parade by Denmark's Klaus Jakobsen, the rider who joined the club on the night the Swede was injured but was an innocent victim of an opponent's error two nights later, suffering a shoulder injury.

However, the club - who have seen six riders wearing their colours injured in their past five matches - are still looking for replacements to cover for skipper Lee Complin (shoulder, back and hand injuries) and teenage Australian Rob Branford (severe knee ligaments). …

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