The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars are on a revenge mission on Thursday after they lost at Lakeside Hammers late last week.
Rob Lyon’s troops returned from Lakeside’s Arena Essex Raceway empty-handed following a 50-39 defeat on Friday night.
They are back at the Adrian Flux Arena for the first time in a month following a break due to the World Cup.
Lynn fans will gain their first glimpse of new Czech signing Vaclav Milik who joined the club at the end of last week. The Stars enter the second half of the season eager to take advantage of Lakeside’s poor away form – they have lost all seven of their meetings on the road.
Lynn’s top pairing Niels-Kristian Iversen and Robert Lambert gave the Stars a perfect start to the meeting at the Hammers, but their early advantage didn’t last long. By Heat three the home side had pulled the scores level at 9-9.
Both teams remained level from Heat four through to six, but it was the home side who broke the deadlock heading into the second half of the meeting. Back-to-back 4-2 advantages in Heats seven and eight put the home side four points clear of the Stars.
Lynn hit back in Heats nine and ten. Nicklas Porsing picked up a heat win over Hammers guest Kyle Newman in the ninth, while Kenneth Bjerre claimed victory over Andreas Jonsson in the tenth to level the scores at 33-33.
But the Stars were left with work to do heading into the final race. Heats 13 and 14 went the way of the home side with Iversen only able to split the Hammers pair of Jonsson and Kim Nilsson in the 13th, while Heat 14 resulted in the Stars failing to score. Lambert was excluded and Porsing fell on the last lap which gave the Hammers maximum points and a seven-point lead with one outing to go.
Lynn’s pairing of Iversen and Lambert, who got the Stars off to a great start, were beaten in the final race by Nilsson and Jonsson to close the meeting with an 11 point loss.
Hammers: Andreas Jonsson 11+1, Edward Kennett 9+1, Kim Nilsson 8+2, Mikkel Bech 8+1, Ashley Birks 7+1, Kyle Newman (G) 4, Adam Ellis 3+1.
Stars: Niels Kristian Iversen 12, Lewis Kerr 9, Robert Lambert 7+1, Kenneth Bjerre 7 , Nicklas Porsing 5, Ashley Morris 0, Rory Schlein R/R.
Team P F A Pt
Poole 14 666 564 35
Coventry 16 718 667 35
Lynn 14 628 640 26
Belle Vue 13 584 595 20
Swindon 11 484 506 19
Wolverhampton 12 544 547 18
Lakeside 15 649 684 13
Leicester 13 552 622 12