Haines stars as King's Lynn hold on

Paddy DavittKing's Lynn 52, Rye House 41: King's Lynn's big guns fired to repel a battling Rye House in last night's Premier Trophy opener at the Norfolk Arena.Kevin Doolan and Tomas Topinka secured the victory in a heavyweight heat 13 before Joe Haines applied the gloss after the hosts had struggled on the difficult track conditions.Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn 52, Rye House 41

King's Lynn's big guns fired to repel a battling Rye House in their Premier Trophy opener at the Norfolk Arena.

Kevin Doolan and Tomas Topinka secured the victory in a heavyweight heat 13 before Joe Haines applied the gloss after the hosts had struggled on the difficult track conditions.

Haines was the stand-out performer in the early sparring but Ricky Wallace endured another tough outing for his new club.

The young Aussie was pulled out of his final programmed ride following a heat 11 tumble but was fit to return for a couple of second half tours after the main event.

Stars: Topinka 9+2, Eklof 7, Smith 5, Haines 10+1, Doolan 14, Wallace 0, Wortmann 7+1.

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Full report in Thursday's EDP