Big Match Preview – Scunthorpe v Newcastle

Jun 11th, 2021



ATTIS INSURANCE Scunthorpe Scorpions will be looking to consolidate second place in the Championship table when they entertain the Newcastle Diamonds at Scunthorpe’s Eddie Wright Raceway tonight (Friday, June 11, 7.30pm).

Glasgow are currently setting the early pace at the top of the table, with four league victories out of four. But Scorpions, with home victories against Plymouth and Eastbourne under their belts, are the team leading the chasing pack.

Last Friday’s 49-41 win over highly fancied Eastbourne was a terrific result, with 17-year-old Jordan Palin top scoring (with 11+1) in only his third home appearance for the club, having stepped up to the Championship this season.

Not only was it a good result for Scorpions, but the racing was out of the top drawer, with some thrilling action.

Newcastle, along with Scunthorpe, were written off by many pundits prior to the season. But, just as Scorpions have proved that many of those predictions may prove wrong, Diamonds were close to pulling off a victory at Edinburgh last Friday. A good battle between the two sides is anticipated.

Jordan Palin says: “I’m not going to let the meeting last week get the better of me and get too big for my boots. I’m just going to get out there against Newcastle and try my hardest and score as many points as I can, but the main thing is that we get a win as a team.

“I think we’ve started to show, as a team, what we can do. Eastbourne were a strong team on paper, so it was a really good victory for us to beat them last week. I think we’re getting stronger with each meeting.

“It seems we were made the underdogs at the start of the season. But speedway is a one in a million sport and anything can happen – if the odds are against you, there’s still a very good chance that you can do it. We’ll continue to give it a really good crack – and see where it takes us this year.”

Tickets for the meeting are on sale on the club website.

Expected teams for tonight (Friday):

Attis Insurance Scunthorpe Scorpions: 1. Josh Auty, 2. Simon Lambert (captain), 3. Theo Pijper, 4. Tero Aarnio, 5. Thomas Jorgensen, 6. Josh MacDonald, 7. Jordan Palin.

Newcastle Diamonds: 1. Rider replacement for Ben Barker, 2. Adam Roynon, 3. Connor Mountain, 4. Max Clegg, 5. Matthew Wethers, 6. James Wright, 7. Joe Alcock, 8. Archie Freeman.

* ATTIS INSURANCE Scunthorpe Scorpions are again in action tomorrow (Saturday), in the second leg of their cup tie against Leicester.

* JORDAN PALIN just missed out on reaching the British Under-21 Final, after scoring eight points in his semi-final at Mildenhall on Sunday, with a tapes exclusion in his opening ride proving costly. He will be reserve for the final.

Adult: £17.00 (including programme)
Student/OAP: £15.00 (including programme)
Child (10 – 17): £5.00 (not including programme)
Child (0 – 9) Free (accompanied by paying adult – not including programme)

There is a 3% handling fee for online sales – please note this handing fee goes to the ticketing provider, not the club.

On the day, officials and riders will enter and leave via the pits entrance, while members of the public will enter via the turnstiles.

Members of the public are expected to respect the safe distancing advice given. If they do not, or show signs of Covid-19, they may be asked to leave. Any individual already showing signs of Covid-19 must not visit the venue. Scunthorpe Speedway have listed Covid-19 measures on the club website.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the maximum capacity at the Eddie Wright Raceway is 1000.

Tickets are available under the Ticket Office menu on the club website at:

When you click on the link you will be taken to the following URL:

Click on the “buy tickets” tab which will take you a list of meetings and when you have finished, please click on “my basket” tab to complete the transaction.

NOTE REGARDING TICKETS: Please bring your ticket with you – either a physical copy or on your phone. The QR code (the matrix barcode) will be scanned to allow you entry to the stadium – please present to the staff at the entry point at the Eddie Wright Raceway. Please note there is a 3% handling fee for each ticket ordered – this goes to the ticketing provider, not the club. If you have any problems when ordering your tickets, please contact the club (email and we will assist you. Please note that cash admission is also available – we will have one of the turnstile booths open for cash transactions. But those opting for cash payment will have to write down their address and details when they pay, so the quicker and preferred option is online payment.

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