Belle Vue 47, King’s Lynn 43
Lynn battled to a losing Elite League point tonight at Belle Vue.
Rob Lyon's men responded well from a weekend hammering at Lakeside to remain in the play-off shake up ahead of Wednesday's Norfolk Arena visit from reigning champions Coventry.
Kenneth Bjerre's heat 11 winning flag briefly raised hopes of another top flight away win with the Stars only trailing by two points, but Charlie Gjedde and Ricky Kling responded in kind to give the Aces much-needed breathing space.
Belle Vue preserved their lead with two shared heats before Bjerre and Mads Korneliussen returned to double team Chris Harris for a vital away heat advantage in the finale.
Lynn tracked recent Berwick recruit Lee Complin (paid four) in the only change to the septet who went down by ten points on the opening night at Kirkmanshulme Lane in March.
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Bjerre and Korneliussen led from the front along with improving reserve Filip Sitera but young Aussie Sam Masters endured a night to forget after some impressive Elite League cameos.
Lynn's Danish number one deferred to grand prix rival Harris in the opener with Dawid Stachrya comfortably shutting out Masters. Sitera opened his account in the reserves – Complin displaying plenty of bravery on his Stars' debut to block Craig Cook's inside foray.
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Korneliussen and skipper Olly Allen squared off the next with Patrick Hougaard surprisingly wayward on the slick surface behind team mate Gjedde. Rory Schlein's heat four win edged the Aces two points clear in the early sparring but Bjerre scorched to the next in a season's best 59.2 seconds.
The hosts were awarded heat six when Complin bailed out before his bike became entangled in the fence but Korneliussen and Allen hit back – Lynn's Dane trapping sharply across from gate four.
Sitera and Masters followed Korneliussen's example in the next but Sitera was soon in defensive mode to repel Stachrya and Kling.
Hougaard anchored a decisive home maximum in heat nine when Niels-Kristian Iversen hit the shale to move Belle Vue six clear. Korneliussen inflicted a rare home defeat on Harris, but Gjedde and Kling combined to down Allen and Complin in heat 12.
Sitera's engine failure in the penultimate tour confirmed the hosts' win but Lynn's Danish double act grabbed a vital consolation in the finale.
• Aces: Harris 11+1, Stachrya 6, Gjedde 10+1, Hougaard 5+2, Schlein 8+1, Cook 1, Kling 6+2.
• Stars: Bjerre 14, Masters 0, Allen 4+1, Korneliussen 12, Iversen 3, Complin 3+1, Sitera 7.