The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars returned from Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green empty handed following a 49-41 defeat on Monday night.
Understandably the Stars made a nervous start to the meeting and were put on the back foot from the outset as the home side opened the meeting with 4-2, with Nicklas Porsing splitting the Wolves pair of Freddie Lindgren and Jacob Thorsell.
The two point gap between the sides remained for the first five races, although the Stars did begin to get back into the meeting with number one Niels-Kristian Iversen (pictured), Kenneth Bjerre and Porsing all picking up heat wins in a succession of shared heats.
Iversen claimed victory in the sixth heat after a close battle with Wolves heat leader Ricky Wells. A third place from Vaclav Milik ahead of Tobiasz Musielak levelled the meeting up at 18 points each.
At the halfway stage of the meeting, the scores remained level between the two sides, but it was the home team who managed to break the deadlock. A 5-1 in Heat 9 ahead of Bjerre, and then a 4-2 in an awarded Heat 11, put the Stars six points behind.
The Stars were left concerned over heat leader Milik, after he fell in Heat 11, and he was replaced in his final ride by Ashley Morris. Heat 13 went the way of the home side who blocked out a hard charging Iversen to score a 5-1 and open the gap between the sides to 10 points with two races to go.
A win from Bjerre in Heat 14 with Porsing claiming third place closed the gap to eight points and gave the Stars a hope of getting something from the meeting in Heat 15, but that wasn’t meant to be as a final shared raced ended the meeting 49-41.
Wolves: Fredrik Lindgren 14, Ricky Wells 8, Jacob Thorssell 7, Peter Karlsson 5+3, Lewis Blackbird 5+2, Max Clegg (G) 5+2, Tobiasz Musielak 5.
Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 13, Kenneth Bjerre 10+1, Nicklas Porsing 8, Ashley Morris 4+1, Robert Branford (G) 3+1, Vaclav Milik 3, Robert Lambert R/R.