King’s Lynn Stars boss Dale Allitt admitted they were left to rue a slow start after slipping to a 50-42 defeat at Rye House on Saturday.
The Trucks R Us Stars were 12 points down after just four heats but grew into the meeting to come within a whisker of a consolation point.
Allitt has called on the riders to “regroup and move on” ahead of their mouth-watering clash with Belle Vue at the Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday (April 19, 7.30).
Allitt conceded they were frustrated to miss out on the chance to add to their SGB Premiership points tally in a tight meeting, saying: “You go into every meeting wanting to win, or at the very least get a point as the next best thing, so we’re obviously disappointed to leave empty handed.
“We got off to a slow start unfortunately and it took us a few races to get to grips with the track. We managed to claw it back bit by bit, and we always felt we were within touching distance, but it just wasn’t quite enough in the end.
“It’s disappointing but it’s only one meeting, and one meeting won’t make or break our season. We’ve just got to regroup and move on ahead of a big meeting against Belle Vue at our place on Wednesday.”
Nicklas Porsing top scored for Lynn with a hard-fought 10+2 point haul. Troy Batchelor also recorded two race wins.
Lewis Rose improved to bag a useful 6+1, but heat-leaders Chris Holder and Robert Lambert struggled for race wins.
Reserve duo Kai Huckenbeck and Josh Bailey earned little reward for their determined efforts.
Rockets: Edward Kennett 15, Chris Harris 10, Scott Nicholls 8, Ellis Perks 7+3, Stuart Robson 6+1, Rob Branford 4+1, Davey Watt 0.
Stars: N Porsing 10+2, T Batchelor 9+1, C Holder 8+1, L Rose 6+1, R Lambert 6, Kai Huckenbeck 3, Josh Bailey 0.