King’s Lynn Young Stars endure heavy loss at leaders Birmingham

King's Lynn Young Stars Speedway Press and Practice Day at The Norfolk Arena, Saddlebow.
Nathan Greaves in action ANL-160330-172642009
King's Lynn Young Stars Speedway Press and Practice Day at The Norfolk Arena, Saddlebow. Nathan Greaves in action ANL-160330-172642009

King’s Lynn Young Stars endured a night to forget as they suffered a heavy 64-26 defeat at league leaders Birmingham.

The Stebbings Car Superstore side failed to register a single heat advantage and contributed just one race winner as they came up against the reigning National League champions.

Nathan Greaves produced the only race win of the evening for the Young Stars in Heat 15 and he insists a return to winning ways at home to the Isle of Wight on Friday (August 5) is imperative.

Said Greaves: “Realistically, we always knew we were going to be up against it but we’re disappointed not to have pushed them a lot harder.

“Let’s be honest, we’re not the first team and we certainly won’t be the last to come away from Birmingham after being well beaten.

“We need to forget about this one now and focus on what is another big home meeting against the Isle of Wight.

“We’ve been getting some really good results at home and we need another three league points on Friday; if we can do that, it keeps us in a strong position as we try and get into the play off places.”

The Young Stars’ home clash against the Warriors gets underway at 7.30 on Friday at the Adrian Flux Arena.

BIRMINGHAM 64: Danyon Hume 13+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 12+2, Dan Halsey 10+2, Tom Perry 10, Tom Bacon 9+1, Darryl Ritchings 7+1, Jack Smith 3+2.

LYNN 26: Nathan Greaves 10, Josh Bailey 5, Tom Stokes 4+1, Ryan Kinsley 3+1, Shane Hazelden 3, Scott Campos 1, Lewis Whitmore 0.

* King’s Lynn Stars can give their Elite League play-off hopes a major boost when they head to Swindon on Thursday (Aug 4, 7.30).

The Roger Warnes Transport Stars have kept their top four ambitions alive with three wins in their last four outings.

They will now go in search of more crucial league points against the fourth-placed Robins in a huge meeting at the Abbey.

Co-promoter Dale Allitt knows they will need to be at their best but believes they have what it takes to come out on top.

Said Allitt: “It’s a strange one really because Swindon is a track where we seem to do very well or very poorly judging by our recent results there.

“We’ve near enough got a full team, Lewis Kerr is a good guest for Simon Lambert and we think Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen should go well around Swindon.

“We’ve got a good balance to the team, so we’re going there hoping to come back with the points.”

The Stars have drafted in Lewis Kerr as a guest for Simon Lambert in the No.2 spot, whilst Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen comes back into the side.

Meanwhile, Swindon have booked Adam Roynon to guest for the injured Stefan Nielsen at reserve.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Rohan Tungate, Nick Morris, Josh Grajczonek, Justin Sedgmen, Charles Wright, Adam Roynon.

LYNN: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Lewis Kerr, Robert Lambert, Rory Schlein, Troy Batchelor, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Lewis Rose.