King’s Lynn Stars feared the worst when skipper Rory Schlein seemed to bear the brunt of a horror speedway crash on Wednesday night.
The Roger Warnes Transport Stars had notched their second win of the season as they edged a 46-44 victory over Coventry in a tense clash at the Adrian Flux Arena.
However in the penultimate race Schlein, who missed the majority of 2015 due to a back injury, was taken to hospital after a nasty pile-up involving all four riders.
The club were afterwards awaiting further news on the full extent of a shoulder injury for the hugely popular Australian, whilst Coventry youngster Kacper Woryna suffered wrist damage in the accident.
Rain during the previous four races made the track trickier coming into Heat 14 and Schlein came off the worse from a four-rider crash on the opening two bends.
Team manager Rob Lyon said: “It was just unfortunate that they all hit that same bit of track, and came down.
“Rory came off the worst and obviously the Polish boy (Woryna) as well.”
Those worries from the Saddlebow Road Stadium outfit appeared to be eased somewhat.
The Australian’s mother, Lynette Schlein, Tweeted: “Reckon I’ll leave it up to @RorySchlein3 to tell tomorrow of his crash. In short his back is ok and that’s the main thing.”
Despite the loss of Schlein in the penultimate race, the Stars held on to claim three Elite League points.
No.1 Niels-Kristian Iversen top scored with 10 points – and although he admitted it was far from a perfect performance, he was relieved to see them emerge victorious in a tight encounter.
Iversen said: “It wasn’t really the best meeting for me personally, and the team didn’t manage to do what we maybe should have done.
“It was enough to get the win though which was the main thing, and we were glad to get three more points.”
Next action for the Stars is on Thursday, April 21, against Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Leicester beat Swindon 50-42 (Jason Doyle 15) on Wednesday night.
Of those riding on Wednesday, Robert Lambert, plus Young Stars riders Josh Bailey and Nathan Greaves were involved in last night’s British under-21 final at Sheffield.
Ryan Kinsley was not competing because of work commitments.
After the Elite League clash, the Young Stars got their season up and running with a National League 65-25 triumph over Stoke. Both match reports are on page 111.
Tm P W F A Pts
Lakeside 6 4 290 251 13
Belle Vue 2 2 106 80 8
Poole 3 2 158 114 6
Lynn 4 2 172 193 6
Wolverhampton 1 1 52 38 4
Coventry 4 1 166 194 4
Swindon 3 1 128 146 3
Leicester 5 1 199 255 3