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Leicester Lions triumph at King’s Lynn in Insure Premiership





King's Lynn gave it maximum effort but came up just short in a 46-44 defeat to in-form Leicester at the Adrian Flux Arena on Thursday night.

Artem Laguta returned to top form for the MacInnes Stars and there were plenty of other encouraging signs in a battling display, but the all-round strength of the Lions proved too much.

And the key moments of the meeting were back-to-back Leicester 5-1s in Heats 7 and 8 which finally broke a deadlock which had existed throughout the whole of the first six races.

The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt
The King's Lynn Stars against the Leicester Lions at the Adrian Flux Arena. Pictures: Ian Burt

In the end, Lynn were left to rue the points which had got away over the evening.

Team boss Dave Hoggart said: “We can probably find three or four races where we could have nicked another point, maybe two points, but that’s what happens in the sport.

“I can’t question the effort, and I didn’t do as many changes tonight as I did on Monday at Leicester. If they’re scoring the points, or even if they’re not scoring the points but they’re riding for them, then I’m going to leave them in. As I said the other day, if we’re going to do down then we’re going to go down fighting.

“It was a massive blow losing Rory (Schlein), he was the guest of choice and willingly agreed to do it, and I hope he’s alright because I saw the footage of the crash on Wednesday and it looked dreadful.

“Rider-replacement would always have been our last choice against a team like Leicester.

“I was impressed with the way Anders rode, he had a great meeting up in Glasgow at the weekend where he finished runner-up in the British U21, and that’s got to help him.

"He attacked the track, he wasn’t frightened in the first corners, and onwards and upwards for him I hope.”

King's Lynn Stars 44: Artem Laguta 15+1, Nicolai Klindt 11+2, Simon Lambert 7+2, Anders Rowe 5, Kye Thomson 3+1, Thomas Jorgensen 3, Michael Palm Toft r/r.

Leicester Lions 46: Chris Harris 10+1, Max Fricke 10, Richard Lawson 8, Justin Sedgmen 5+2, Jake Allen 5+2, Drew Kemp 4+1, Troy Batchelor 4.



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