Early Czech out for star rider Matej

The Chronicle - - Rugby Union - By BARRY WAL­LACE

NEW­CAS­TLE BTS Di­a­monds com­plete their SGB Cham­pi­onship pro­gramme this week­end with back-to-back meet­ings against Lake­side (away) tonight and Work­ing­ton at Byker to­mor­row (5.30).

How­ever, for one Di­a­mond, Czech star Matej Kus, the sea­son is al­ready over.

The 29-year-old crashed in his first race at Brough Park last Sun­day and re­turned to his home coun­try the fol­low­ing day, where a pos­si­ble cracked fe­mur was di­ag­nosed along with knee lig­a­ment dam­age.

How­ever, Ash­ley Mor­ris, who missed last week­end’s two de­feats, re­turns to the New­cas­tle line-up af­ter suc­cess­fully re­turn­ing to the sad­dle on Wed­nes­day and scor­ing nine (paid 11) for Birm­ing­ham in a chal­lenge match.

The ear­lier start time (by one hour) to­mor­row is be­cause the fi­nal of the Bri­tish Youth Cham­pi­onship at 125cc level takes place im­me­di­ately af­ter the New­cas­tle v Work­ing­ton match.

Two New­cas­tle Gems’ rac­ers, 13-year-olds Archie Free­man and Danny Smith, are hop­ing to bring some sil­ver­ware to the club as they take their places in the eight-racer field.

Free­man, in par­tic­u­lar, has had an out­stand­ing sea­son in ju­nior rac­ing, ap­pear­ing to be vir­tu­ally un­beat­able, while Smith has also made an good im­pres­sion as he has im­proved in leaps and bounds.

BTS Di­a­monds’ skip­per Stu­art Rob­son will be back on one of his 2018 tracks tonight when the match against Lake­side takes place at Rye House, which closed down as a SGB Pre­mier­ship out­fit a few months into the sea­son.

Lake­side are home­less them­selves now as de­vel­op­ers are tak­ing over the Arena-Es­sex site, so an ar­range­ment has been made for the Ham­mers to move to the va­cant Rock­ets’ base.

New­cas­tle boss George English said: “It will be an in­ter­est­ing night as, apart from train­ing schools, the Rye House track has not had any com­pet­i­tive rac­ing on it for months.

“Both Lake­side and Work­ing­ton are still in with a shout of reach­ing the play-offs so we are fac­ing an­other tough week­end of ac­tion.

“We were soundly beaten at Work­ing­ton last week­end but would love to end our home league pro­gramme with a re­venge win over the Comets.”

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