Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears End Season in Knockout Style!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears End Season in Knockout Style!

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Byline: KEITH MCGHIE

IT was third time lucky as Redcar clung on to claim a dramatic first ever Knock-out Cup success by completing a 94-86 aggregate victory over local rivals Newcastle at Brough Park last night.

The Agilia Bears took a 12-point lead up the A19 after the sides' initial clash on October 11 for a second leg on Tyneside which had twice previously been washed out and there were severe doubts as to whether it would go ahead this time due to the amount of rainfall earlier in the weekend.

But extensive work rendered the track rideable, if very treacherous and, after numerous scares and few favours from referee Scottish Willie Dishington, the Teessiders held their nerve despite losing 47-43 on the night.

The Bears got off to the worst possible start by conceding a maximum in heat one as home number one Steve Worrall and guest James Sargeant left in their wake Kasper Andersen and newly crowned 'Bear of the Year' Charles Wright, who nearly came to grief trying to pass Sargeant on the opening lap.

But the Teessiders hit back quickly with Jordan Stewart, who flies home to Australia today, taking the chequered flag ahead of Ben Barker, back in the side he started the season with as a guest for injured Michael Palm Toft, following him home ahead of Sargeant, who in turn was deputising for sick Dane Lasse Bjerre.

German favourite Erik Riss then put Redcar in front on the night, taking a 4-2 with Nathan Greaves, and having settled early nerves, the Bears maintained their slender lead until heat seven when Barker was controversially excluded after Danny Phillips made a mistake and the Redcar rider inadvertently collided with him.

A trio of home 4-2's edged the four times cup winners Newcastle ahead on the night midmeeting before Barker disastrously fell on third bend of heat 10 to help the hosts slash Bears aggregate advantage to just six points.

That overall lead was reduced to just two after Wright was harshly thrown out of heat 11 when Diamonds number one and former Redcar racer Ulrich Ostergaard came down. …

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