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Glasgow Tigers v Newcastle Diamonds
Friday 6th October 2017, 23:52 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
A fine final flourish took the Diamonds to just two points behind the Glasgow Tigers in the Cup 1/4 Final 1st leg in readiness for a superb climax in the deciding let at Brough on Monday night at 7.30pm
 
Glasgow "Allied Vehicle Tigers" 46
Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 44
SGB Championship Knockout Cup Quarter Final First Leg

The Newcastle Diamonds embarked on their last chance of silverware this disappointing 2017 at the Glasgow Tigers last night in the opening leg of the Knockout Cup Quarter Final, with the deciding leg set for Brough Park on Monday night at 7.30pm.

Glasgow, through injury and alternative commitments were lefts with only Richie Worrall and Aaron Summers out of their starting seven, the other five comprising four guests and one rider-replacement in a situation verging on farce while Newcastle had to run without Alfie Bowtell who was tied up with his National League side's play-off matches with Ryan MacDonald deputising for one night only.

With Glasgow set to look more like their familiar selves in Byker on Monday the aim was simple for Newcastle last night, to keep the match as close as possible and sneak a win if possible to take to their home shale for the decider, and with Robert Lambert back in harness and winning Heat One despite a late challenge from Ricky Wells, the match was kept level.

Richard Hall, a former Diamonds, gated in the second and eased Ben Hopwood ever wider on bend two to prevent his pass while another former Diamond, Connor Coles battled with MacDonald to eventually take third in a home 4-2.

Heat Three proved to be a body blow for Newcastle with Glasgow's only two bona-fide Tigers on show (Richie Worrall and Summers)  took Stuart Robson and Ludvig Lindgren apart for a solid Heat Three 5-1 easing the Glasgow lead to 12-6, but with Steve Worrall riding hard against Summers in Heat Four to pass him down the back straight as MacDonald gained revenge over Coles, the Diamonds' 2-4 narrowed the gap to four points, and with Lambert taking a second victory in the fifth over Richie Worrall and Morris keeping Hall at the back that 2-4 took the score to a tantalising 16-14.

Wells clamped Steve Worrall hard on the inside line in Heat Six to balk his opponents progress to make an easier win for himself with Tero Aarnio, another former Diamond, taking third in a 4-2 that opened the gap back up to four points, 20-16.

Come Heat Eight the adventurous Aarnio took three points after moving Morris wide in a tough move on bend one opening up a gap to allow Hall to cut sharply back and whip up the Diamond's inside too to join Aarnio in a home 5-1 doubling the Glasgow lead to eight points as rain began to fall and a member of the crowd needed medical attention.

Richie beat Steve in the first battle of the twins in Heat Nine, a home 4-2 before Aarnio fell out of Heat 10 and was excluded from the 3-3 as Lambert took his tally to nine with another great win in Heat 11.

Going into Heat 13 the Tigers were 41-31 ahead, with that 10-point margin remaining after Wells took Heat 13 well over Steve Worrall and Lambert, but with two heats to go Newcastle had an injection of inspiration with skipper Lindgren winning Heat 14 by a mile over Hopwood who battled so very well to hold out the hard-charging Hall through the four laps in a Newcastle maximum 1-5 taking the score to 45-39.

To top off a magnificent night's racing Steve Worrall roared away to take Heat 15 with Lambert backing him up all the way  over Richie Worrall and Wells to hit a vital last heat 1-5 to the Diamonds and end the night a very creditable 46-44 down with the home leg to come.

Team manager George English said: "We held it together in the early heats and then lost our way a little but what a superb finish that was to win the last two heats 2-10 and end the night only two points down. Glasgow will be no push overs on Monday and we'll need to ride with that determination again to make sure of a semi final place. Great team effort tonight!"


Newcastle race again tonight at the Workington Comets in an SGB Championship League match before Stuart Robson and Steve Worrall represent the club at Sheffield on Sunday in the Championship Pairs event before Monday sees Glasgow come to the Diamonds for the deciding Cup match with a 7.30pm tapes-up.

Individual Riders' Scores:

GLASGOW: Richie Worrall 12, Ricky Wells 11, Aaron Summers 9+1, Richard Hall 8+1, Tero Aarnio 5+1, Connor Coles 1, Dan Bewley r/r

NEWCASTLE: Robert Lambert 13+1, Steve Worrall 11+1, Stuart Robson 6+1, Ludvig Lindgren 6+1, Ben Hopwood 4+1, Ashley Morris 3, Ryan MacDonald 1
Last Updated: Fri 06 Oct 2017, 23:54 UK
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Robert Lambert

9.18

Steve Worrall

8.93

Stuart Robson

7.67

Ludvig Lindgren

7.03

Ashley Morris

4.64

Ben Hopwood

2.44

Alfie Bowtell

2.00

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