Elite League: Swindon Robins 49, King’s Lynn Stars 46
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King's Lynn grabbed a superb point from Elite League champions Swindon last night despite a serious-looking injury to Rory Schlein.
The Australian hit the deck hard while chasing Hans Andersen in heat 13 and left the track in an ambulance, but in his absence the Stars battled on and snatched a point courtesy of 16 from Niels-Kristian Iversen.
Before his injury Schlein had added 10, and with guest Stuart Robson weighing in with 11+1 the Stars were able to cover for David Howe and Richie Worrall who both failed to score. The visitors once trailed by 14, but a big second half to the meeting saw them pull it back to add to the three points they claimed from the Elite League champions on their own track on Wednesday night.
After a 4-2 for the Robins in heat one the home reserves let a 5-1 slip as Robson passed them both as they tried to team-ride for the maximum, but Peter Kildemand and Ed Kennett did manage the hold off the Stars pairing of Seb Alden and Howe as they opened a six-point lead.
Troy Batchelor streaked away from Robson and Schlein to easily win his first ride of the night, and after the first track grading Iversen got his first victory of the night after passing Kildemand on the first back straight of heat five. Hans Andersen was again imperious from the start of the sixth race of the night, and it looked as though Nick Morris was going to beat Schlein for a 5-1 but the experienced Stars rider eventually picked off the Robins teenager.
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Blunsdon specialist Schlein showed all his track craft to use the bank coming out of turn two to pass Batchelor, and Morris produced the result his performances had threatened all night as he won heat eight and was backed up by Kacper Gomolski for a big Robins 5-1.
Stars boss Rob Lyon rolled the dice for the first time as he sent out Schlein in black and white, but while the Aussie was able to pass Kildemand he couldn't catch Kennett as the Robins dealt with the tactical ride the same way Lynn did the night before.
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The home side took the lead to 14 by the start of heat 11, but a 7-2 tactical win for Iversen and a 5-1 for Alden and Robson saw the deficit cut to only five when Schlein hit the deck.
The Australian left the circuit in an ambulance and Andersen picked up where he left off to win the re-run, and when Alden and Robson carded a 4-2 in the penultimate heat it left the home side needing a heat advantage in the last to take all-three home points. They failed to get it and it was the Stars who were happier with their night's work.
Robins (number of rides): Hans Andersen 14 (5); Nick Morris 7+1 (4); Peter Kildemand 7 (4); Edward Kennett 8+2 (5); Troy Batchelor 8 (4); Ashley Birks 2 (4); Kacper Gomolski 3+1 (4).
Stars: Niels-kristian Iversen 16 (5); David Howe 0 (4); R/r For Mads Korneliussen; Seb Alden 9 (6); Rory Schlein 10+1 (5); Richie Worrall 0 (3); Stuart Robson 11+1 (7).