Maximum points for King’s Lynn Young Stars in home opener

King's Lynn Young Stars speedway riders - James Cockle. ENGANL00220130419174350
King's Lynn Young Stars speedway riders - James Cockle. ENGANL00220130419174350

Dale Allitt’s King’s Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars picked up their first National League points on Friday evening as they eased to a 56-37 win over the Buxton Hitmen.

Young Stars number one and joint captain James Cockle led the way with a full four ride maximum, while Tom Stokes provided great backup with an 11 point haul.

It was a performance that Allitt can be pleased with as all his riders scored well against the hitmen. After the first four races, the Young Stars had opened up an eight point lead and looked in control. The visitors hit back in heat 5 with a 5-1, but that was soon wiped out when Cockle and Josh Bailey raced to their own maximum heat in the sixth race.

A further heat advantage for the Young Stars allowed the Hitmen to make use of the tactical rule in heat 8. Bailey and Ryan Kinsley were unable to stop Ryan Blacklock from taking victory, but they did reduce the advance for the Hitmen who pull back just 3 points.

The Young Stars powered on the second half, back-to-back 5-1 heat advantages extended their lead and after 12, their lead had grown to 15 points. Heats 13 and 14 resulted in two more 4-2 advantages for the Young Stars who won the meeting by 19 points.

Young Stars: James Cockle 12, Tom Stokes 11, Shane Hazelden 9+1, Josh Bailey 7+2, Scott Campos 7+2, Ryan Kingsley 5+1, Layne Cupitt 5.

Buxton Hitmen: Ryan Blacklock 12+2, Tony Atkin 11+1, Tom Woolley 4, Ben Hopwood 4, Adam Extance 3, David Holt 2, Ben Basford 1.