The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars’ poor away form continued on Monday night in Manchester after being beaten 52-38 by Belle Vue.
The Stars made a poor start to the fixture and found themselves 14 points down after the opening four races. The Lynn riders struggled from the gate and often found themselves second best going into the first bend.
Team manager Rob Lyon gave his men a stern talking-to after Heat four and branded their start as unacceptable. It seemed to make a difference as Robert Lambert and Lewis Kerr gave the Stars their first advantage with a 5-1.
Still being 10 points down, Lyon handed the black and white helmet colour to Niels-Kristian Iversen in Heat 6, but the Dane couldn’t turn the Stars fortunes around as he finished third with team-mate Kenneth Bjerre fourth. Lynn’s hopes of getting something out of the meeting looked all but over at the halfway stage with the hosts powering to a 20 point lead after Heat 8.
Rain hit the Kirkmanshulme Lane circuit during Heat 9 and it made conditions tough for the riders. A convincing win from Lambert in Heat 10 with Iversen holding off Scott Nicholls reduced the hosts’ lead to 18 points. And the Stars reduced the gap between the sides further with maximum points in Heat 13 as Kenneth Bjerre finished ahead of Iversen.
The meeting ended with two shared races to leave the Stars 14 points adrift of the hosts Belle Vue.
Lynn will have little time to mull over the defeat as they are back in action on Wednesday (29) when Coventry visit the Adrian Flux Arena, 7.30pm start.
Belle Vue Aces: Craig Cook 13, Matej Zagar 10, Dakota North 9, Stefan Nielsen 7, Max Fricke 5, Steve Worrall, Scott Nicholls 4.
Stars: Robert Lambert 9, Lewis Kerr 8, Niels-Kristian Iversen 8, Kenneth Bjerre 6, Rory Schlein 5, Nicklas Porsing 2, Ashley Morris 0.