Big date for Young Stars in National League play-off final

Young Stars racer Robert Lambert. Picture: Ian Burt

Young Stars racer Robert Lambert. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The King's Lynn Young Stars will face Dudley in the National League play-off final next week following a 57-39 victory over Mildenhall.

After Sunday's defeat at West Row, the Young Stars needed to overturn an eight point deficit and a bright start to the meeting saw them claw that back within the first three races.

Two more heat advantages in the first half of the meeting extended Lynn's lead to 16 points, but that allowed Mildenhall to use the tactical ride in heat eight which resulted in a 6-3 race advantage, and they did it again in heat nine which gave them a 7-2 advantage.

Back-to-back advantages from the away side pulled the scores level on aggregate, but it was a night for the Young Stars who once again piled in the race wins and heat advantages. A final level heat, with Robert Lambert completing his maximum, ended the meeting with the Young Stars 18 points ahead, and a 98-88 aggregate win.

A pleased manager Dale Allitt said: 'It was fantastic, what a great result.'

He added: 'It got a bit tight at one stage when they pulled us back level on aggregate with a few big races, but we have a team of riders who always give their all. To pull to the scores level and move on showed a lot of character.'

Dudley will host the first leg of the final on Tuesday, October 8, with the second leg at the Norfolk Arena the following day.

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Allitt is hoping that his side can keep the scores close next week in the first leg. He said: 'It's going to be hard, but we need to keep it close. Hopefully Lewis Rose will be back in the side, and that will make a big difference. The bottom line is we need to go there and make every point count.

'We have to take each race at it comes. Anything is possible, every race is important and hopefully we can keep it tight.

King's Lynn Young Stars: Robert Lambert 15, Jake Knight 12+1, Darren Mallett 10+2, Shane Waldron 8+1, Lewis Kerr 8, Josh Bailey 4+2, Lewis Rose R/R.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers: Stefan Nielsen 15, Daniel Halsey 13+2, Ryan Terry-Daley 6+1, Aaron Baseby 4, Sam Woods 1, Josh Bates 0, Jon Armstrong R/R.