Elite League: Swindon 53 King’s Lynn 39 – Not lights out for Stars’ play-off hopes despite loss
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn Stars never looked like shining as they went down 53-39 at Swindon last night in a meeting interrupted by floodlight failure.
With the two sides level at 6-6 after two races, the Robins rolled off five heat advantages in six heats to effectively end the contest by the end of heat eight, and never looked like letting it slip despite a near-20 minute break after the lights went out at the end of heat 12.
The Stars lacked firepower at the top as Niels-Kristian Iversen (9) had to wait until his fourth ride before clocking up his first win, while guests Freddie Lindgren (four) and Dakota North (five) managed just nine between them.
In contrast, Darcy Ward (10+1) and Grzegorz Zengota (12+1) both hit double figures for the hosts, with home debutant Aaron Summers backing them up well with 9+1.
The three points moves Swindon to within four of the Adrian Flux Arena side, with three meetings in hand, as the three-way battle for a play-off place with Belle Vue hots up as the regular season reaches its conclusion.
After Ward's heat one win gave Swindon a 4-2, Ashley Morris led home a shared heat two in his opening ride as James Sarjeant passed Darryl Ritchings, before the Robins opened up the first real lead of the night as Nick Morris and Troy Batchelor hammered home a 5-1.
Zengota won heat four at a canter after passing Kenneth Bjerre, who packed in with Morris for a 3-3 after Ritchings fell, but the Robins produced two 4-2s in a row, won by Summers and Zengota, to stretch their lead to eight.
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It got worse in heats seven and eight, as Batchelor and Ward and then Charles Wright and Zengota produced 5-1s which left the Stars 16 down heading into the second page of the scorecard, and saw Rob Lyon roll his tactical dice on Bjerre.
It partially worked, as the Dane came home second behind Summers, with Morris backing him up for a 5-3 Lynn advantage, but the two-point inroad into the Swindon lead was never going to be enough.
Two more points were dragged back in heat 10 as Porsing held off Nick Morris well for the win, with Iversen third, but they were taken straight back as Ward hung on superbly after getting out of shape before speeding off into the distance. Once the lights came back on, the Stars had three wins as the last four races were shared, but it wasn't enough to get close to a point.
Robins: Darcy Ward 10+1 (4); Aaron Summers 9+1 (5); Nick Morris 7+1 (4); Grzegorz Zengota 12+1 (5); Troy Batchelor 6+2 (4), Charles Wright 9 (5), Darryl Ritchings 0 (3).
Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 9 (5), Nicklas Porsing 6 (5) Fredrik Lindgren 4 (4), Kenneth Bjerre 6 (4) Dakota North 5 (4), James Sarjeant 3 (3), Ashley Morris 6+3 (5).