Elite League: Coventry Bees 47, King’s Lynn Stars 43
King's Lynn took their first away point of the season with a battling effort at Coventry last night – taking the hosts all the way to a last-heat decider.
Stars fought back from six points down and actually led with three heats to go, but had to be content with a point after a strong finish from the Bees.
Niels-Kristian Iversen got the visitors off to a good start with a fast win in heat one, but a series of Coventry riders then took the flag, the most damaging result coming in heat three when Kenni Larsen made his way between Mads Korneliussen and Jordan Frampton to partner Edward Kennett to a 5-1.
The Bees extended their early lead to six points but Lynn struck back with a second win for Iversen in heat five, Daniel Nermark holding Larsen at bay for a 4-2.
And they could have gained further points in heat six but for a fine ride by home captain Chris Harris, who came from third to first passing Maciej Janowski off the final bend.
But the Stars were keeping in touch and a smart change from boss Rob Lyon saw a back-to-form Kevin Wolbert brought into Heat 8, and the German partnered Nermark to a match-levelling 5-1.
Although the Bees struck back in the next, Lynn landed a mighty blow in heat 11 thanks to a shock 5-1 from Iversen and Nermark over the previously unbeaten Scott Nicholls.
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A 4-2 in the next, won by Korneliussen, put them ahead only for Nicholls and Harris to restore Coventry's advantage with two heats to go as Iversen was upstaged.
With Kennett winning a shared heat 14, the Stars needed a 5-1 from the last race to snatch victory - but Korneliussen missed the gate and Nicholls switched inside Iversen to seal the win for the relieved home side, although the Stars were good value for their point.
COVENTRY 47: Scott Nicholls 13, Chris Harris 11+1, Edward Kennett 10+1, Kenni Larsen 7+1, Adam Roynon 3, Leigh Lanham 2+1, Henning Bager 1.
KINGS LYNN 43: Niels-Krisitian Iversen 11+1, Kevin Wolbert 8+2, Mads Korneliussen 8, Daniel Nermark 6+1, Maciej Janowski 5, Jordan Frampton 4+2, Dakota North 1+1.