Frustrating King’s Lynn Stars night as meeting abandoned

King's Lynn 'Roger Warnes Transport' Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Team Manager Rob Lyon ANL-140316-191822002
King's Lynn 'Roger Warnes Transport' Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Team Manager Rob Lyon ANL-140316-191822002
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Rob Lyon’s King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars looked set to maintain their unbeaten home record on Wednesday night against A47 rivals Leicester, but the meeting was halted after nine heats due to rain.

At the time of the stoppage, the Stars were leading the Lions 35-22 and needed to complete one more race to declare a result.

Three of the four riders (two Lynn, one Leicester) for heat 10 made their way onto the track, which showed intent to complete the race despite rain falling.

Meeting referee, Dave Robinson, came down to the pits from his position on the start line while the riders were on track, after deliberating and letting the track conditions worsen, declared that the meeting would be stopped with no result declared. The decision not only caused frustration from the Stars management, but also the supporters from both teams.

Stars boss Lyon (pictured) said: “It was very frustrating. I think the track was holding up well and our boys (Kenneth and Vaclav) were happy to go out as was their guest Kevin Doolan, just to complete ten races. I don’t think our supporters would have been too concerned if we got to ten heats and knocked it on the head as it was pretty clear the weather was coming in.

“Leicester had that right to challenge the referee and the track because they were behind. The referee came down and delayed making the decision which was disappointing and frustrating. I said to the referee that rider safety is paramount, but we had three riders out ready to race in heat 10, that showed me that they were happy to go out there and do it, if it can been that dangerous then they wouldn’t have done it.

“It is frustrating but he has made that decision and we have to run with it and go again next time. We have got problem with dates so fitting the meeting in could be difficult, we need Leicester’s cooperation.”

A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.

Scores at time of abandonment, Stars: Nicklas Porsing 7, Ashley Morris 6+1, Niels-Kristian Iversen 6, Lewis Kerr 5+1, Robert Lambert 5+1, Kenneth Bjerre 4, Vaclav Milik 2+1.

Leicester Lions: Jason Doyle 8, Grzegorz Walasek 4, Szymon Wozniak 4, Ollie Greenwood 2+1, Kevin Doolan 2, Piotr Swiderski 1, Carl Wilkinson 1.