Newcastle Diamonds Team Manager George English has spoken of his frustration at the way his sides speedway season failed to go according to plan.
The curtain has finally fallen on what has been a disappointing season for the Tynesiders, who despite building a solid team that appeared capable of achieving silverware at the start of the season, fell way short and finished the Premier League season in ninth place.
It was a poor start to the season that proved very costly to the Diamonds campaign, a poor run of form that included four home defeats to playoff rivals. A run of pointless results that Newcastle failed to recover from, despite ending the season with seven consecutive home victories.
English said: “It is a shame that the season has come to an end at the wrong time for us, we have ridden very impressively over the past couple of months.
“We were very disjointed at the beginning of the season and along with the run of tough fixtures we started with we didn’t have any chance to build up any momentum.”
Newcastle have endured an injury ravaged campaign with Christian Henry, Lewis Rose and Lewis Kerr all missing key parts of the season.
English said: “Like many clubs this year, we have had to cope with a number of injuries throughout the campaign. Lewis Kerr’s recovery since his horror crash at Peterborough really has been the highlight of our season because that is more important than any results we could have achieved on the track.”
He added: “In the end we weren’t good enough to finish in the playoff places this season but we need to focus on putting that right next year. In 2016 we would be looking to build our team with one of our top two riders having around an 8 point average and work our way down from there.”
Newcastle rider of the season has undisputedly been Steve Worrall. Since his move from Edinburgh in the winter ‘Super Stevie’ took no time to adapt to the Brough Park circuit and collected a number of impressive high point hauls at the number one position.
Following a successful season, the 24-year-old hopes to extend his stay on Tyneside into 2016 as contract negotiations between Worrall and club get underway.
English said: “We would be looking to keep Steve Worrall in the side next year and although he has had a very good season he still has targets to improve on such as his away form.
“If Worrall manages to put an extra point on his away average then he will become one of the top number ones in the league instead of a good number one.”