Stars are second best

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Poole Pirates 58

Lynn Stars 34

Lynn Stars’ team boss Rob Lyon admitted his side were second best after a 58-34 defeat at Poole’s Wimborne Road on Wednesday night.

The Stars went into the meeting missing three key riders and that showed in the 24- point defeat.

A disappointed Lyon said: “We were out-fought and out-ridden tonight. We need to draw a line under it. There is a long way to go yet.”

From the outset the Stars struggled and found themselves 12 points behind after the opening three races.

Lyon put guest number one Chris Harris out for double points in heat six, but a mix-up between heat leader Kenneth Bjerre saw the Stars only take a 7-1 instead of maximum points.

That didn’t matter, however, as the Stars couldn’t make any in-roads in the home side’s early domination on their own track.

After the interval, Poole continued to take control of the meeting and the Stars fell further behind, with heat advantages against them in three of the final five heats.

Poole Pirates: Maciej Janowski 13+2, Davey Watt 10+2 Chris Holder 9+1, Kyle Newman 8+2, Dakota North 8, Paul Starke 6+1, Kacper Gomolski 4+1.

Lynn Stars: Chris Harris (G) 9+1, Lewis Kerr 7, Josh Grajczonek (G) 6, Robert Lambert 5, Kenneth Bjerre 3, Kevin Doolan (G) 2+2, Ashley Morris 1.

Dale Allitt’s King’s Lynn ‘Stebbings Car Superstore’ Young Stars were defeated for the first time at home this season following a 46-43 reverse to Coventry Storm on Wednesday night at the Adrian Flux Arena.


Lynn Young Stars 43

Coventry Storm 46

Lynn made a bright start to an incident-packed meeting with shared races and a 5-1 in the third.

Proceedings came to a halt in the fourth, however, as heat leader Tom Stokes was unintentionally hit by the visiting Storm rider Martin Knucky after falling on the first bend.

Stokes was taken to hospital and was reporting back pain after the incident.

A visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital showed that, luckily, the youngster had only suffered bad bruising.

After a lengthy break, the Young Stars extended their advantage with a 5-1 from James Cockle and Josh Bailey in heat six.

A run of three consecutive 4-2 advantages for the visitors closed the gap, and opened up a single point lead with three races left.

The Young Stars needed an advantage going into the last outing of the night.

After the first lap of the final heat it looked likely.

But a retirement from Scott Campos, with Cockle being passed by Dan Greenwood, ended the meeting in a three-point defeat for Dale Allitt’s men.

Young reserve Ryan Kinsley enjoyed a brilliant night for Lynn with 14 points from his seven rides.

Lynn Young Stars: Ryan Kinsley 14, James Cockle 12, Scott Campos 8+1, Shane Hazelden 5+2, Layne Cupitt 2+2, Josh Bailey 2+1, Tom Stokes 0.

Coventry Storm: Dan Greenwood 11, Luke Crang 11, Darryl Ritchings 10, Martin Knuckey 7+1, Rob Shuttleworth 4, Conor Dwyer 3+2, Callum Walker 0.