Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 63, Lakeside Hammers 29

Nicklas Porsing won heat nine. Picture: Ian Burt

Nicklas Porsing won heat nine. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Vaclav Milik's scintillating Stars debut helped heap more away misery on the travel-sick Hammers.

The Poole asset, who won the league with the Pirates last season, had been without a team in England until Rob Lyon signed him as Rory Schlein's replacement. And he showed just what fans and team bosses in this country have been missing with a near faultless and breathless display at the Adrian Flux Arena.

His first ride in Lynn colours was decent enough as he out-gated World-Cup winner Andreas 'AJ' Jonsson and tucked in nicely behind Kenneth Bjerre to record the second of seven maximum 5-1 heat victories for the hosts.

It got more impressive when he blasted under Eddie Kennett to follow Niels-Kristian Iversen home for another max in his next ride. Yet the crowning glory was still to come as the new-boy continued to make an instant impression on his latest set of supporters.

Just prior to the interval, the two-time Czech Republic champion gated like a rocket off the outside to hit the front. It looked for all the world that Jonsson was going to pass him as the action unfolded on at least five occasions with the pair going literally wheel-to-wheel.

Yet somehow the exciting 22-year-old held on, showed great courage and determination, and eventually pulled away on the final lap to cross the line amid the sound of wild cheers around Saddlebow Road.

The former Pirates' unbeaten start continued in the 13th but unfortunately, try as he might, he could not see off AJ in the nominated ride to finish third as the curtain was drawn on the one-sided meeting. It took some of the gloss off the debutant's display but few could have expected him to hit the ground running so impressively in Stars' kevlars.

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Lyon's team could even enjoy the luxury of having their victory wrapped up long before the closing stages. They took a 20-point lead into the interval. But Lynn's dominance was hardly a surprise given that they had won all six of their home meetings and the visitors arrived having picked up no triumphs in seven fixtures on the road.

But it was the manner of the powerful home success, following a little bit of team reshuffling, which would have caused the most hope for the rest of the campaign. Nicklas Porsing looked far better operating at two, rather than four, while Bjerre seemed to be on the pace.

Iversen's paid maximum on any other evening would have been the big talking point. However, under the watchful eye of the man he is replacing, Milik's showing must have left even Schlein beaming with pride.

The club's injured skipper was the biggest hero on the night as he made his first return to the town since suffering a serious back injury in Poland last month. Yet, the fears that he was going to be irreplaceable were blown out of the water – well on tonight's evidence anyway.

Lyon and Buster Chapman said their new Czech was going to be a show-stopper. And that's exactly what he was against Lakeside during his new side's biggest triumph of 2015.

If Milik can keep that form up, there's no reason Lynn can kick on in their inspirational captain's absence and start powering their way towards a play-off place. Lynn: N-K Iversen 15, N Porsing 8+1, K Bjerre 8+1, R Lambert 7+1, V Milik 10+3, A Morris 6+2, L Kerr 9

Lakeside: A Jonsson 8+2, M Bech 7+1, E Kennett 6, R Lawson 3, A Ellis 3, C Wilkinson 2