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Diamonds on the edge of success, yet Monarchs still succeed
Friday 14th July 2017, 22:33 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Photo: Ron MacNeill
Newcastle's record at Armadale is pretty decent, but on their last visit had to be resigned to a 53-39 defeat, so to hold the Monarchs to 33-all after eleven heats filled the travelling Diamonds with hope.
 
Unfortunately over the final four heats the home side outscored the Diamonds 16-8, tipping the balance in the home side's favour.

The Diamonds were leading 9-15 after Heat Four, but Robert Lambert, who had won Heat One so magnificently, suffered a cut-out issue and had to re-insert the offending device to finish the race, but sadly well to the rear in a home 5-1, coupled with a 4-2 in the sixth which had seen Masters find his dominant form again put the sides level at 18-a-piece.

Robert took eight points on the night which could have easily been 11 in a match that was kept tight despite heat wins being short in numbers for the away side, with skipper Ludvig Lindgren leading the way with two in his 10+2 tally as guest for twin Steve, Richie Worrall taking one in his opening heat in a total of seven points.

Lewis Rose was on five going into Heat 12, and held second behind Josh Pickering until he lost his wheels between the first and second bends drifting into Ben Hopwood's line, with the Diamonds' number six clipping Rose's rear wheel causing both to fall with Rose's exclusion.

Rose was taken off in the ambulance for exploratory work on a potential collar bone injury while Hopwood took his place in the re-run, albeit in a very sore state with his wrist taking the brunt of the fall.

That re-run and the home 5-1 result sent Newcastle sliding down the slippery slope as all league points disappeared down the drain in a match that started with such vibrancy and hope.

Team manager George English said: "The lads had just the right attitude tonight and got stuck into the Monarchs from the off, but misfortune such as Robert's cut-out problems, the Heat 12 crash and delays didn't help our cause in a match that was well within out capability to win, but at least it proves we are a side still capable of taking away result in a season that has been akin to a famine on the road, just lady luck didn't play her part tonight."
Last Updated: Sat 15 Jul 2017, 10:06 UK
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