Emphatic start for Stars
King's Lynn 70, Redcar 22Ruthless Lynn fired out a Premier League title warning with a crushing opening night win against new boys Redcar.Another Norfolk Arena masterclass was just the tonic after Tuesday's Premier Trophy mauling on the Isle of Wight.
King's Lynn 70, Redcar 22
Ruthless Lynn fired out a Premier League title warning with a crushing opening night win against new boys Redcar.
Another Norfolk Arena masterclass was just the tonic after Tuesday's Premier Trophy mauling on the Isle of Wight.
Rob Lyon's men ran riot from one to seven - no doubt sparked by harsh words from the Stars management after Lynn's pummelling on the island.
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Daniel Nermark announced his return from Swedish league duty with a paid 12-point maximum - Tomas Topinka and Kevin Doolan both returned double digit figures while Lynn's reserve duo hammered in 15 points.
Former World Champion Gary Havelock suffered a miserable night - heat 11 victory over Stars skipper Topinka slim consolation for the Redcar heat leader and staunch Middlesbrough fan.
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Kevin Little was the latest visitor struck down by the Saddlebow injury curse - withdrawing with a shoulder problem after a terrifying heat three pile up.
Gutsy Aussie Troy Batchelor picked himself off the shale to win the re-run. Nermark and Chris Mills had already banged in two early maximums - John Oliver recovering his composure after a tidy gate to pounce on Daniel Giffard's slip exiting turn three.
Lynn's new recruit held his nerve to foil exciting American youngster Chris Kerr in heat four. Havelock's tactical foray was doomed once Batchelor and Doolan closed the door into turn one to move the hosts 20 points clear.
Kerr then locked horns with Trevor Harding behind the imperious Nermark - Harding admitting defeat after a nip and tuck contest with the Redcar racer.
Topinka anchored a comfortable team success alongside Mills for a sixth maximum in seven. Mathieu Tressarieu drove expertly under Oliver in the home straight in the next before Kerr's tactical raid at Batchelor's expense temporarily stopped the rot.
Czech prospect Tomas Suchanek flew from the gate in heat ten but normal service was swiftly resumed with Nermark and sidekick Harding outfoxing the Redcar second string exiting turn three. Havelock edged out Topinka in a titanic heat 11 but Lynn's skipper levelled the personal score with a processional maximum in heat 13 to ease the Stars through that familiar 60-point barrier.
Giffard's engine failure gift-wrapped the penultimate heat before Havelock trundled to a halt in the finale - summing up the visitors wretched night as Doolan and Topinka posted maximum number 11.
King's Lynn: Nermark 11+1, Harding 8+2, Batchelor 9+1, Doolan 13+2, Topinka 14, Mills 8+3, Oliver 7+3. Redcar: Havelock 6, Tresarrieu 2, Suchanek 2, Little 0, Kerr 8, Hargreaves 2, Giffard 2.
Lynn travel to Sheffield tonight with an 18-point lead in their re-arranged Yorkshire Cup second leg tie at Owlerton.