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King’s Lynn Young Stars 31 Birmingham Brummies 59
The Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars lost their 2016 unbeaten home record to title favourites and reigning champions Birmingham on Wednesday at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Lynn were looking to make it three home wins out of three following comprehensive successes over Mildenhall and Stoke.
Young Stars team manager Dale Allitt had billed it as a “massive fixture” which “feels like a David v Goliath clash in every way.”
Well, Goliath triumphed as Birmingham, who were unbeaten in their eight fixtures to date, gained four away league points with four maximum 5-1 wins and six heat advantages after outgating the hosts repeatedly on a slicker than usual surface.
Young Stars reserve Layne Cupitt took his place at No.6 despite sustaining severe bruising and swelling to the hip area following a nasty incident in last week’s derby win over Mildenhall.
Birmingham included 15-year-old British Youth champion Jack Parkinson-Blackburn at reserve as well as top scorer Darryl Ritchings who made a couple of appearances for the Young Stars before a season-ending crash in 2014.
Both Ritchings and Zach Wajtknecht notched a hat-trick of wins.
Josh Bailey (pictured) replied with successive wins, including a fine one over away skipper Tom Perry in Heat 9 as the visitors led 20-34.
Lynn travel to Coventry on Friday night.
Young Stars: Tom Stokes 6, Shane Hazelden 3+1, Scott Campos (capt) 1+1, Josh Bailey 10, Nathan Greaves 3, Layne Cupitt 0, Ryan Kinsley 8.
Birmingham: Zach Wajtknecht 11+1, Danyon Hume 9+1, Tom Bacon 6, Darryl Ritchings 12, Tom Perry (capt) 9+2, Jack Smith 8+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 4+2.
* Lynn Stars teenager Robert Lambert has been named in the British Youth line-up for the World Under-21 Team Cup semi-final in Denmark next month.
British Youth boss Neil Vatcher has named his line-up for the World Under-21 Team Cup semi-final in Denmark next month.
The top three riders from the recent British U21 Final – Josh Bates, Lambert and Adam Ellis – will be joined by Max Clegg for the event at Holsted on June 4. Lambert has been named as No.1 and captain.
British Youth boss Neil Vatcher said: “To select Lambert, Ellis and Bates was a no-brainier, and I’m sure anyone sat in the hot seat would have had no qualms regarding selecting the top three from this year’s British Under 21 Final.
“For the British team to travel to Denmark with four riders who all ride in the Elite League is a massive bonus. Lambert, Ellis and Bates all have competed at this level now on a number of occasions, this semi-final will not phase them and we will go there full of confidence.”