The Newcastle ‘Sapphire Engineering’ Diamonds rounded their season off in style on Sunday night with a 52 – 40 Premier League victory over the Rye House Rockets.
Newcastle welcomed back Lewis Rose into the side after a long absence due to injury while Rye House had been strengthened by wise guest choices in the form of Richie Worrall and Carl Wilkinson.
The Diamonds began the night well when reserves Tero Aarnio and Simon Nielsen showed too much speed for the Rocket reserve pairing and stormed to a 5-1.
Newcastle doubled their advantage moments later with Aarnio notching another win while Lewis Rose finished third on his return to Brough Park since recovering from injury.
The Rockets did lift off in heat five when Edward Kennett and Luke Bowen cruised to a 5-1 to cut the deficit to four points.
Steve Worrall collected a routine race victory in heat six with Rose again holding onto third place for a 4-2 before the Rockets hit back with a 4-2 of their own moments later.
Rocket guest Richie Worrall continue to haunt his former club with a race win in heat nine but Swedish duo Ludvig Lindgren and Anton Rosen filled the minor places.
Newcastle extended their lead to 10 points with successive 4-2 in heats 10 and 11 with Steve Worrall and Lindgren notching the race wins.
The night’s four top scorers went head to head in heat 13 but Diamond duo Worrall and Lindgren came out on top to secure a 5-1.
The same riders went head to head in the final heat of Newcastle’s 2015 season. This time it was the visiting pair of Kennett and Richie Worrall that fired home a 5-1 but Newcastle still finished the night with a 12 point lead.
The result meant that the Diamonds ended the season in ninth place, falling six points short of a playoff spot despite claiming their seventh successive home victory.
Newcastle Diamonds Team Manager George English said: “It was another pleasing performance by against a strengthened Rye House side. With Eddie Kennett and Richie Worrall taking 12 rides between them it was always going to be tough but I was pleased with how well we coped.
“It’s disappointing that we failed to make the playoffs this season but we look forward to putting things right next year. It is a shame that we have hit a good run of form at the wrong time but it’s just one of those things.”