King’s Lynn Young Stars bounce back to beat Rye House

King's Lynn Young Stars Speedway Press and Practice Day at The Norfolk Arena, Saddlebow.

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King's Lynn Young Stars Speedway Press and Practice Day at The Norfolk Arena, Saddlebow. Scott Campos ANL-160330-172956009
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King’s Lynn Young Stars raced to a convincing 55-35 win over Rye House at the Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday.

The Stebbings Car Superstore side still have a realistic chance of a top-half finish in the National League as they added three more points to their total.

The visitors arrived without Ben Morley due to an Elite League play-off commitment, which meant their scoring was dominated by Robert Branford and Luke Priest, but the Young Stars produced a solid display throughout the team.

Nathan Greaves and super guest Jon Armstrong both got the better of Branford, one of the league’s top riders, during the meeting - Armstrong taking the flag in Heat 1 and the duo combining over the Raiders’ No.1 for a 5-1 in Heat 15.

The visitors held proceedings close in the early stages and only trailed by four points after Heat 5, but Armstrong’s 5-1 with Ryan Kinsley in the next race enabled the Young Stars to double their lead.

And back-to-back maximums in Heats 9 and 10, both involving in-form skipper Scott Campos, saw the home side take complete control.

The Raiders’ sole advantage came in Heat 11 when Lewis Whitmore crashed out, and they avoided further damage until a stunning Heat 15 as Armstrong led from the front whilst Greaves battled his way into second place to get the better of Priest and Branford.

Team boss Dale Allitt said: “It was a good performance, Jon came in and did a great job at No.1, and it was good to see a solid team effort again.

“Nathan, Scott and Ryan all scored well again and the reserves chipped in with some points too, so it was a good win over a top-heavy side – and obviously they were hampered by being without Ben Morley and deciding to go with rider-replacement.

“It’s another win at home, and you can only beat what’s in front of you on the night.”

The Young Stars are next in action at Eastbourne on Saturday, where Connor Coles will take the guest booking at No.1.

LYNN 55: Nathan Greaves 14+2, Jon Armstrong 14, Scott Campos 12+1, Ryan Kinsley 9+4, Taylor Hampshire 5, Lewis Whitmore 1+1, Tom Stokes R/R.

RYE HOUSE 35: Robert Branford 13, Luke Priest 9, Connor Locke 5+1, George Hunter 4+1, Macauley Leek 4+1, Matt Saul 0, Ben Morley R/R.

National League top seven

Birmingham 20 18 1064 716 63

Kent 22 16 1098 858 58

Eastbourne 19 15 933 771 51

Cradley 21 14 968 897 45

Mildenhall 21 11 939 914 34

Belle Vue 18 9 820 793 32

Lynn 17 9 782 721 29

Mildenhall deducted three points after a Speedway Control Bureau hearing.