Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 56, Wolverhampton Wolves 37
- Credit: Ian Burt
Kenneth Bjerre and Nicklas Porsing rammed in their best Stars scores of the campaign as Wolverhampton's 2015 misery continued.
The Danish duo stepped up to the plate when they were really needed – with the hosts a man light thanks to the absence of heat leader Vaclav Milik through injury – to help silence some of their fiercest critics. With the doubters starting to circle, Bjerre's place seemed most under threat after a rotten spell which saw him fail to hit double figures for almost two months.
Yet tonight he shot down the hurtful claims that he was past his best by chalking up a giant 15, paid 16, to top score for the Adrian Flux Arena outfit who continue to look dead certs to make the Elite League play-offs for the second term running. The fact his fellow countryman joined him in producing a season-best tally only served to increase the home happiness.
While many will be quick to highlight the fact the Danes' morale-boosting figures came against the top-flight's bottom side – who looked completely bereft of confidence and fight at times – it was the raw power they produced which was most promising.
If Bjerre and Porsing, who scored paid 12, can gate like that in the weeks to come they can be real trump cards for a team that brushed aside the Monmore men without the always exciting and excellent Robert Lambert and new hero Milik.
Owner Buster Chapman was clearly pleased when he took the microphone to say: 'I'm glad we stuck with him (Bjerre). He's such a good rider and I'm glad he's come through it.'
Appearing out of the other side of a woeful run of form can only be a good thing for Rob Lyon as his troops try to hit top gear heading towards the end of the season. And with Niels-Kristian Iversen already looking like he's broken the back of his own inconsistencies, Lynn seem to be coming to the boil at a handy time in proceedings.
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Iversen's untroubled five-ride maximum was secured in a heat 15 which saw him and Bjerre do what they should be doing; coming first and second. That 5-1 was their team's fourth of the evening during a victory which could have been even more comprehensive than it was.
Jacob Thorssell's tactical success – where points count for double – undone some of the away team's damage they had caused themselves by being slow out of the traps and sloppy. But even if Wolves were on form they would have struggled to have kept up with Iversen, Bjerre, Porsing and guest Max Fricke. They all looked to be enjoying the chance to scream their bikes around the grippy surface.
The only downer on the latest home triumph for the men from Norfolk was the poor return of reserve Ashley Morris. More worrying than that was the wrist injury which forced Lewis Kerr to withdraw after a spill in the ninth.
Yet it was Bjerre and Porsing's displays which helped gloss over those slight hiccups in glorious fashion. If the former can now kick on and return to the excellence that he showed at the start of 2014, Lynn have an even stronger chance of turning their dreams of winning the Elite League into a reality – even if they have to go into a meeting again with only five of their own riders.
Lynn: N-K Iversen 15, N Porsing 9+3, K Bjerre 15+1, M Fricke 9+1, L Kerr 6 (withdrawn), A Morris 2
Wolves: P Karlsson 1, J Thorsell 10, R Wells 4, T Musielak 5+1, F Lindgren 8, L Blackbird 5+1, J Bates 4+1