Lewis Rose and Stuart Robson in action. Picture credit: Steve Brock

Lewis Rose and Stuart Robson in action. Picture credit: Steve Brock

The Newcastle Sapphire Engineering Diamonds are preparing for two competitive away meetings in as many days.

Tonight Newcastle Diamonds head to South Yorkshire for a League Cup match against the Sheffield Tigers, and on Friday the Tyneside outfit then travel to current league champions Somerset Rebels to compete in the first leg of the Premier Shield.

Newcastle travel to Sheffield full confidence after comfortably beating North East rivals Redcar on Sunday. They will face a tough test against a buoyant Tigers side.

Sheffield have made a good start to the campaign and are full of confidence from winning away at Scunthorpe last Sunday.

Skipper Simon Stead is in hot form, he only dropped one point at Scunthorpe. Teammate Andre Compton is proving to be a handful at reserve – the Sheffield legend collected three race wins on Sunday.

Sheffield Tigers Boss, Joe Screen said: “I was proud of the lads on Sunday; it was a terrific result and a dream start to the season. But we need to follow that up at home against Newcastle. We have to make it count.

“Newcastle have some top riders in their team and this will be tough but the lads are buzzing with confidence and I’m sure it will be a great night of racing.”

Newcastle will then make the 200 mile trip to Somerset to compete in the first leg of the Premier Shield on Friday.

Both teams will have full strength sides, in contrast to the Diamonds minimal team changes from last season, the Rebels only have two members in their team from last season.

Nick Morris will be at number one for the West Country club, the Australian was a last minute inclusion in Somerset’s team following a U-turn by the clubs owners.

Wolverhampton star Ty Proctor was originally going to ride at number one for the rebels, after first choice Jason Doyle was unable to return to the side because of VISA issues. However, Morris was drafted in to replace Procter by Somerset bosses a few weeks ago.

The Somerset line-up includes Australian brothers Todd and Brady Kurtz, both of whom have been tipped to perform well this season.

The Rebels will be captained by Olly Allen, he was released by Rye House Rockets at the end of the season but was quickly snapped up by Somerset for 2014.

Somerset go into the meeting following Tuesdays 46-44 point loss at Peterborough. The clash with Newcastle will be Somerset’s first home meeting of the season.



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