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Freak falls and untimely engine blows scupper Diamonds' efforts vs. Leicester
Sunday 19th May 2019, 23:20 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
Leicester came to Brough Park last night sitting nicely a-top the SGB Championship table with the Newcastle Diamonds sitting in seventh place with both sides eager for more league points, but a freak fall and horrendously timed engine issue for Steve Worrall pulled the rug from under his side's wheels.
Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 44
Leicester "Watling JCB Ltd." Lions 46
SGB Championship

Heat Three was the first race to see a break in scoring as Matthew Wethers whipped past Ryan Douglas off bend four having been passed by the Lion half a lap earlier, but a fall for Josh Bates brought the heat to an early finish with his exclusion and the result awarded a home 4-2 taking Newcastle into a 10-8 lead.

In Heat Four Richie Worrall, twin of Steve, shot away to lead ahead of his Lions' teammate Ellis Perks to take a solid 1-5 over Thomas Jorgensen to leap frog their hosts putting Leicester 11-13 ahead, which remained the same gap after Scott Nicholls took off from the gate to lead and win Heat Five well over Wethers and Bjerre moving the scores on to 14-16, but Heat Six saw the first battle of the two Worrall twins.

Steve took the early lead, but Richie hit the gas on bend three to whip round his twin off bend four to take and ever-increasing lead to seal win in a 3-3 before Jorgensen raised the roof with a stunning battle on lap one of Heat Seven after ferocious action as he went from third to first to beat Douglas and Bates to share the heat once more and maintain the two point gap, 20-22.

Perks and Mountain outstripped Lambert and Clegg from the Heat Eight gate to roar to another Leicester maximum, putting six points between the sides, and following another 3-3 won by Richie Worrall over Wethers and Bjerre in the ninth, but another dramatic end to Heat 10 when the leading Steve Worrall went down hard on the second bend (having hit a huge rut which in turn flung his chain off and caused him to nosedive into the track) with Douglas and Perks having to throw their bikes down to avoid more problems. All three got back to their feet, but with Steve Worrall excluded with the result awarded 2-4 putting Leicester further in front, 26-34.

Jorgensen and Nicholls had a superb four laps in Heat 11, close racing throughout, with the Diamond just pipping Nicholls on the finish line in a 3-3 result, however the free-scoring Perks fell on bend one of Heat 12 to be excluded from the re-run in which Clegg roared away for three points in a home 4-2 closing the gap with three races to go.

Worrall vs. Worrall again in Heat 13 with Jorgensen and Nicholls in the mix, Steve took the early lead again and held it to the end, despite Richie chasing hard a matter of inches behind in the 3-3 result, and with two heats to go, Leicester still led by six points, but a fall from the leading Douglas in Heat 14 gave Wethers and Clegg the perfect chance to take the first home 5-1 of the night leaving it all to the final Heat 15 with the scores at 41-43.

That final and decisive race had both Worralls back out with Nicholls and Wethers to battle it out for honours, but as Steve Worrall's bike came to a halt on the back straight of the first lap, the win was left to the Lions, although Wethers and Richie Worrall had a tremendous battle, with the Diamond taking the win for three points but the Lions took the match 44-46.

Stand-in team manager Roy Clarke said: "If Newcastle were paid for having bad luck then we'd be a very rich club tonight as it was so frustrating for Stevie Worrall to hit a freak rut and go down in Heat Ten and then suffer a critical engine failure in the vital last heat was just unbelievable as we deserved more from this match tonight."

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Newcastle "Boiler Technical Services" Diamonds 44

1 Steve Worrall (c) 3,2,Fx,3,R = 8
2 Simon Lambert 0,1*,0,Ts = 1+1
3 Lasse Bjerre 1,1*,1*,1 = 4+2
4 Matthew Wethers 3,2,2,3,3 = 13
5 Thomas Jorgensen 1,3,2,3,0 = 9
6 Max Clegg (r) 2,N,1,0,3,2* = 8+1
7 Danny Phillips (r) 1*,0,0,N,N = 1+1

Leicester "Watling JCB Ltd." Lions 46

1 Scott Nicholls (c) 2,3,2,1*,1* = 9+2
2 Connor Mountain 1*,0,2*,1* = 4+3
3 Josh Bates Fx,1*,N,2 = 3+1
4 Ryan Douglas 2,2,3,F = 7
5 Richie Worrall 3,3,3,2,2 = 13
6 Luke Ruddick (guest) (r) 0,0,0,N = 0
7 Ellis Perks (r) 3,2*,3,1,Fx,1 = 10+1
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