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King's Lynn birthday boy enjoys a night to remember as Stars beat Witches in League Cup

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Monday’s Premiership League Cup home derby triumph over Ipswich Witches was a memorable birthday occasion for King’s Lynn Stars’ Norfolk rider Jack Thomas, who turned 23.

Lynn last night (Thursday) bid to make it a League Cup clean sweep at Ipswich.

Their 56-34 victory at the start of the week meant the Minors & Brady Stars sealed a place in the final irrespective of what happened at Foxhall Heath.

Jack Thomas leading Anders Rowe in heat four. (56280375)
Jack Thomas leading Anders Rowe in heat four. (56280375)

The rest of Lynn’s one-to-seven gave the Norwich-born prospect a rendition of ‘happy birthday’, both in the pits and at the post-meeting press conference.

The reserve rider said: “The boys got a cake, brought in by Josh (skipper Pickering) which is probably better than mum’s, I’m not going to lie.

“She was a baker but they are pretty good.”

Thomas scored 4+2 against the Witches and said: “Tonight I’m really pleased with how I got on. Last week was the same, I took every high from the meeting I could.

“Personally, I felt I rode well, I just wasn’t on the pace from the off.

“It’s a hard track to come to and learn for any reserve as it’s a tough place.

“Tonight I felt like I started to get somewhere with set-ups with everyone helping me.

“Everyone’s support is just great. Yeah I started to feel like I was getting somewhere, definitely.”

This followed a 13+2 return for Oxford in the Championship at Newcastle.

Thomas added: “Not many people like Newcastle and to be honest the track was diabolical but I got to where I enjoyed it. (Seven-times British champion) Scott Nicholls is a craftsman of the sport and told me how to ride it.”

After some social media banter from the Foxhall camp before the derby, team boss Alex Brady observed: “The boys did our talking on the track tonight.”

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