Haines injury takes gloss off King's Lynn victory

Paddy DavittGlasgow 42, King's Lynn 48 (Lynn won 105-75 on aggregate) Lynn's Premier League KO Cup, first round aggregate win yesterday was marred by a fresh injury to British U21 champion Joe Haines.Paddy Davitt

Glasgow 42, King's Lynn 48

(Lynn won 105-75 on aggregate)

Lynn's Premier League KO Cup, first round aggregate win yesterday was marred by a fresh injury to British U21 champion Joe Haines.

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The Wolverhampton prospect needed a precautionary check up on a knee problem suffered in his opening ride in heat three after careering into the fence with recent Lynn guest Josh Grajczonek.

Both received treatment trackside but Haines was ferried away in an ambulance before being ruled out of the remainder of the dead rubber.

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Haines had only returned to the Stars' line up in midweek following a broken collarbone injury suffered on Elite League duty for his parent club.

Lynn's impressive reserve pair Casper Wortmann and Darren Mallett softened the early injury blow as Rob Lyon's holders powered into the quarter-finals.

The Stars had travelled north with a 24-point first leg lead and Kevin Doolan was again in imperious form - following up his paid 18 Saddlebow haul with a five-ride maximum.

EDP columnist Kozza Smith also weighed in from his second string berth as Lynn claimed a third consecutive road win following last weekend's double header at Edinburgh and Berwick.

Lynn old boy Travis McGowan trapped to dictate a swift opener with Lee Dicken edging out Linus Eklof - the man he replaced for Lynn's recent away win at the Monarchs.

Wortmann bagged an eventful re-run reserves with Jamie Courtney forced off 15 metres for shredding the tapes and Mallett hitting the shale when set for a point.

Haines and Grajczonek slammed into the boards exiting a tight first corner in the next with Smith escaping the carnage.

Grajczonek was able to limp back to the pits but Haines needed a lift from the waiting ambulance after taking a bang to his knee.

Mallett deputised for his injured team mate in the re-run with Grajczonek recovering his composure to head compatriot Smith. Doolan had too much straight line speed for new Glasgow recruit Anders Andersen with Wortmann more than happy to settle for a watching brief after James Grieves was the latest Tiger through the tapes.

Doolan then traded shared mid-meeting heats with Grieves and Dicken before guiding Mallett to an opening away maximum in heat nine - Grajczonek and Michael Penfold guilty of a sluggish gate.

Smith and Wortmann looked odds on to inflict further misery on the Tigers in the next but McGowan drove inside Smith at the end of the home straight.

Mallett cashed in on Andersen's heat 12 spill behind the smooth Smith to move Lynn six clear in the second leg tie.

Topinka's engine failure in the next caused momentary alarm around the bottom boards as Doolan and the Glasgow pair took emergency action.

Mallett was the perfect spoiler to spring team mate W ortmann to the flag in the penultimate tour before Doolan capped a memorable two legs with a sub-60 success in the finale.

Tigers: McGowan 11+1, Dicken 5+1, Grajczonek 10+1, Penfold 2, Grieves 8, Courtney 2+2, Andersen 4.

Stars: Topinka 6, Eklof 3+3, Smith 8+1, Haines 0, Doolan 15, Wortmann 10+1, Mallett 6+2.

Read Kozza's exclusive column only on edp24.co.uk/sport

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