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King's Lynn Stars boss and skipper praise efforts of Cumbrian Lawson after Peterborough defeat

As King’s Lynn prepare to host Sheffield on Thursday (19), Stars team boss Alex Brady and skipper Lewis Kerr agreed Richard Lawson should not have been on the losing side against Peterborough.

Brady said of crazy-haired Cumbrian Lawson, who just missed out on an 18-point maximum in a final-heat decider during a two-point Premiership loss: “If there’s one man in form you’d go with in Heat 15, it’d be Richard, but it wasn’t to be unfortunately.

“He was really cut-up about it. We were ready to give him the bumps after that first bend but you can never say never, especially with someone like Bomber (Peterborough’s Chris Harris) behind you.

Richard Lawson on one wheel. (49487541)
Richard Lawson on one wheel. (49487541)

“He’s gutted. He was the star of the show tonight for me.

“It was a fantastic effort from the full one-to-seven which is truly the first time I can say that this season, so I’m very proud. We just couldn’t get over the line.

“The reaction, even though we lost, was quite good from the fans. Richard was fantastic and Erik (Riss) was superb in Heat 15. Ben (Barker) was better than his points suggested, and Kasper (fellow new boy Andersen) as well.

“It’s nice to have that energy back in the side and to feel we’re pulling in the right direction.

“It’s nice to see Erik, who has struggled with the track at times, he got it right and hopefully we can get it right next Thursday and get some much-needed points on the board.”

Meanwhile, Kerr insists basement side Lynn, who lost 44-46 to the Panthers and suffered the same scoreline away to Sheffield recently, are not getting the rub of the green.

On Lawson’s last-heat decider battle with the Panthers’ experienced duo, Kerr said: “He was absolutely faultless tonight but Bomber was on it, as was Tofty (Michael Palm Toft) – on that curve he was as fast as always.

“They sort of went either side of him and it was unlucky for him. You know, Peterborough are absolutely flying at the minute and we nearly won tonight, so we need to take that as a positive.

“It’s not going to get tougher than that. Rob (ex-Lynn team boss Lyon) knows what he’s doing; they’ve got a lot of track specialists. Their track’s big with a bit of grip on it so there are a lot of similarities.

“The team was great. The new boys did well and there was a great atmosphere in the team; and we want to carry that on.”

Andersen’s lost chain in Heat 4 could have made a difference to the final tally, Kerr agreed: “I made a start in one and Erik went down, and that went the other way in the next heat.

“It’s tough, mate. It’s one of those things, we’re not catching the breaks we deserve. We’ll keep going.”

Kerr says the Minors and Brady Stars need to close out the second of their two home 2021 encounters with the Tigers on a winning note after losing 41-49 on August 2 and that close away defeat: “Massively; we nearly won there.

“We need to take confidence from tonight as Peterborough are the in-form team. We nearly won, A few things didn’t go our way and we just missed out. We’ll carry on next week.”

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