REPORT Sunday 6th June 2021, 9:03pm
The What the Fork Monarchs put in their best performance of the young season controlling the match from start to finish as they ran out 52-38 victors on the day meaning an 18 point victory on aggregate.
The Monarchs controlled the match from the get go building a 10 point advantage by heat 5 and with Guest Stevie Worrall, twin brother Richie and Josh Pickering all on form the tie was never in doubt from there.
Stand in skipper Pickering said after 'It was a great team performance, we came here with a job to do and we knew we were capable of it.
'We got off to a good start and we maintained it, I was a bit disappointed with my ending but at the end of the day we won as a team and that's great.'
As said earlier the tone was set from the off when Steve Worrall led from tapes to flag in heat 1, Nathan Greaves picking up a good point ahead of home guest Tero Aarnio.
The lead was stretched in heat 3 when Kye Thomson and Pickering led from tapes to flag an impressive Newcastle debut for Thomson.
Worrall and Greaves went one better than their heat 1 exploits in heat 5 with a maximum this meant a 10 point advantage on the day 14 on aggregate and the Monarchs were on their way.
Heat 8 was the only blip on the night as the home men's most impressive duo Adam Roynon and James Wright rocketed from the start to take a 5-1.
The lead was 6 at this point this being maintained over the next 4 races with a string of shared heats. The most interesting being heat 10 where Pickering blasted from 3rd to 1st with a fantastic move.
Heat 13 looked good on paper for the Monarchs with the Worrall brothers only headed once each and they duly obliged with a heat maximum this putting the advantage back to 10 and confirming the tie.
They weren't done yet though as they repeated the feat in the final heat meaning the final score of 52-38 and a place in the quarter finals against Redcar or Birmingham awaits