Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 48 Wolverhampton Wolves 42
A man called Lambert stole the headlines for Lynn again – but for once his name wasn't Robert.
While Niels-Kristian Iversen and his aforementioned team-mate rammed in their third heat 15 maximum 5-1 race win in a row to secure a gritty victory, there was another star of the show in Stars colours. That man was Simon Lambert.
Lynn's number eight grabbed the opportunity to play a pivotal part during his first home appearance of the 2016 season.
And as he looks to earn more regular track time for Rob Lyon's Elite League team – barring fixture clashes with Premier League Peterborough Panthers – the 27-year-old nailed his job audition.
The new father, owned by the Stars, comfortably became Lynn's top-scoring reserve this campaign with an excellent paid 10 that went a long way to securing an important triumph.
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With his compatriot Carl Wilkinson continuing to struggle, the slider's performance against a patched-up Wolves suggested it may not be too long before Lambert senior is seen again at Saddlebow Road.
'I'm going good at the minute. My aim was to put in a decent performance to try and get myself a permanent place,' said the Kirton, near Boston, based rider.
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'I'd like to be here full-time. I'm feeling good. Everyone expects me to do well around here but I've only ridden here once in the last year and that wasn't very memorable.'
Simon Lambert's electric form for Lynn's lower-tier rivals down the A47 meant he went into his second Stars showing of the term having chalked up a massive paid 47 points in his last three Panthers outings.
Having scored paid 31 already this week – thanks to a Bank Holiday double header – he wasted no time in winning the first reserve race.
Quick out of the tapes and smooth on the shale, he ensured that former Star Lewis Kerr, guesting for the visitors, didn't control proceedings from his number seven position.
Kerr rode well to score nine from six, but he looked out of sorts at times – especially early on when he could perhaps only be accused of trying too hard.
Simon Lambert did run a last of his own when Lewis Bridger pushed him out towards the fence in the ninth but he showed another side to his game later on to earn an important third in heat 12 to keep the Stars' noses in front.
With Ashley Morris all over his back wheel it looked like the impressive operator was going to end his night on a low point.
But he did excellently to hold one of Wolves' three guests off and ensure that the shared heat it clinched kept Lynn in control.
That victory was wrapped up in the final ride when Wolves – who beat Lynn 49-44 on Monday but were missing four of their own riders in the return – were hampered by Freddie Lindgren's retirement. But he was going to have to do something special to catch the increasingly dominant home heat-leader pairing of Iversen and Robert Lambert. Their efforts were not only supported by the latter's namesake though with Lewis Rose performing outstandingly in what was his first-ever top-flight appearance in the main body of the team.
Rose's paid eight was a fine effort and he didn't look out of his depth in the absence of Kai Huckenbeck. But the big taking point was the man who came in for him at reserve. And the big question now is has he done enough to earn more Stars track time? Judging on tonight's evidence, you'd think so.
Lynn: 1 N-K Iversen 12, 2 M Korneliussen 6, 3 R Lambert 9+3, 4 L Rose 7+1, 5 T Batchelor 3, 6 C Wilkinson 3+1, 7 S Lambert 8+2
Wolves: 1 F Lindgren 8, 2 R/R N/A, 3 S Masters 6, 4 L Bridger (Guest) 8+1, 5 J Kylmakorpi 10+1, 6 A Morris (G) 1+1, 7 L Kerr (G) 9