|Newcastle 'Diamonds' v Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers'||Premier Trophy||1st May|
|Referee: Graham Flint||01||02||03||04||05||06||07||08||09||10||11||12||13||14||15||Tot+Bp|
|James Grieves ©||8.36||3||3||3||3||12|
|André Compton ©||8.48||1||3||2||*0||6|
|Track record: 62.1|
K. Bjerre, 20 July 2003
Both Newcastle and Sheffield were at full strength for this match. The Diamonds had little prospects of the bonus point having a 34 point deficit to pull back from the match at Sheffield.
The Diamonds started brightly with a Henry/Stancl 5-1 but in heat 2 there were only two finishers. Adam McKinna crashed in the first running of the heat then in the rerun Benji Compton fell. With Jamie Robertson beating Paul Cooper the result was a 3-2. Josef Franc won heat 3 for a shared heat but Newcastle took another 5-1 in heat 4 with James Grieves and Jaime Robertson beating André Compton. The score after heat 4 was 16-7.
Any slender hopes that Newcastle might have had of challenging for the bonus took a battering when they conceded a 1-5 in heat 5. Ricky Ashworth and Ben Wilson beat Manuel Hauzinger with Josef Franc at the back to cut the home sideís lead to 5 points. In heat 6 André Compton kept up the pressure by winning from Stancl and Henry and a shared race then James Grieves won heat 7 for another share of the points. In heat 8 Newcastle gained another two points with a 4-2 when Christian Henry beat Ben Wilson with Jamie Robertson third. This took the score to 27-20.
Josef Franc made amends for his earlier blob by winning heat 9 but André Compton and Paul Cooper filled the minor places for a shared heat. The Diamonds then eased another two points in front with a 4-2 in heat 10. Christian Henry was the race winner but Emiliano Sanchez took second place ahead of George Stancl. This put Sheffield nine points in arrears so they gave Ricky Ashworth a tactical ride in heat 11. It looked good for the Tigers when Ashworth and Ben Wilson hit the front but James Grieves produced a sparkling ride to pass both the Sheffield men to win the race. However by taking second and third Sheffield took a 3-5 advantage from the race to cut the home sideís lead to seven points. Heat 12 produced a 5-1 for the Diamonds as Manuel Hauzinger had a rare race win and was followed home by Jamie Robertson to put them 11 points ahead with the heat 12 score reading 42-31.
It was André Comptonís turn to take a tactical ride in heat 13 but he finished stone cold last as James Grieves beat Ricky Ashworth with George Stancl third for a 4-2. This race had been rerun with all four riders after James Grieves had come to grief on the second bend. The Diamonds scored another 4-2 in heat 14. The race was won by Josef Franc from Emiliano Sanchez and Josef Franc won again in heat 15 with Ricky Ashworth and Emiliano Sanchez sharing the race.
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