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NJL Edinburgh Dale Devils V Newcastle Gems Fri 15th Jun,18

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No automatic alt text available.A bottom of the league affair with riders missing. Edinburgh tracked Elliott Kelly instead of Ace Pijper at 4 and Gavin Parr replacing James Hitchen at 3, whilst Newcastle were without No 1 Josh Embleton, who had gone down sick that lunchtime, and despite desperate attempts by just about everyone in the league a replacement was not found. So it was going to be 4 man versus 3 man teams until Willie Lawson(ex Gem in 02 and 03) was spotted in the pits for a runout after the meeting. He was approached and agreed to ride at no 1 for the Gems, but due to his history excluding him from the NJL, it was agreed that he could ride, but his points were not to count in the Gems total. In the first race Willie showed his class, but unfortunately his bike spluttered in the lead and his race was over. Archie, riding Edinburgh for the first time, found it awkward to ride, but still managed to take the heat. In Willie's next two rides he showed that he could be a force in higher competitions completing both in good style and times. Dale Pate crashed out in heat 1 landing badly on the back of his head and shoulders and was withdrawn from the rest of the meeting. In the circumstances Edinburgh ran out easy winners. Pate spent time in hospital after the meeting and was released but got home late at 5.00am on the Saturday morning, and did not appear in the opposite fixture on the following Sunday.
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