King’s Lynn sign off in style
King's Lynn 51, Newcastle 45The lights well and truly went out on Lynn's Premier League season during last night's winning finale at the Norfolk Arena.
The lights well and truly went out on Lynn's Premier League season during last night's winning finale at the Norfolk Arena.
A 15 minute power cut plunged Saddlebow into darkness with bikes approaching the tapes for heat five. Four cars then took to the inner concrete on the resumption - stationed strategically at each corner to guard against any further light failures during the racing when the floodlights returned.
Stars' co-promoter Jonathan Chapman delivered more bad news during the impromptu stoppage with the announcement this weekend's scheduled Pride of the East has been cancelled due to late rider call offs.
'We've had a few of the riders we wanted to ride say they are unable to make it,' he said. 'We've spent today on the phone trying to line up others but they are away or unavailable or injured or have other meetings or end-of-season parties to attend. It has just been a nightmare. I've never known anything like it. We just don't want an inferior meeting and we are going to end up with riders from the National League. That is no disrespect to them but it is no way to hold a meeting like the Pride of the East.'
Rob Lyon's men did offer a tantalising glimpse into a brighter future after a season of struggle when the action got back underway against a Diamonds side preparing for a promotion/relegation battle against Ipswich.
Confirmed 2011 signings, Lasse Bjerre and Adam Roynon, both impressed against a Newcastle outfit featuring Elite League-bound Kenni Larsen. The recently-crowned Premier League riders' champion trapped superbly to dictate the opener from Olly Allen and Bjerre.
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Roynon edged Simon Lambert wide in the reserves with Jake Knight's learning curve continuing in an early tussle with Adam McKinna. Rene Bach demonstrated any thoughts of impending tussles with Ipswich were firmly on the back burner with a brave drag down the home straight to sweep past probable Witches' opponent Kozza Smith.
Astute guest booking Stuart Robson rewarded his temporary employers in heat four with some wily trackcraft repelling Tomas Topinka. A determined Smith lowered Larsen's colours when the action recommenced after the power cut. 'Box office' Bjerre surgically picked off Lambert and Robson to chase home Allen in heat six to move Lynn four clear.
Roynon emulated his sidekick in the next to overhaul the Diamonds' duo after a sluggish gate. Lyon then re-deployed the youngster in a reserve switch which ensured another home heat advantage behind Bjerre.
Robson landed a tactical to keep Lynn in sight but formation speedway from Allen and Bjerre injected some breathing space. Topinka and Allen's heat 13 success sealed victory when Robson tumbled in the rear but Bach's major tactical in the penultimate and Larsen's win in the finale reduced the deficit.
Stars: Allen 11, Bjerre 10+3, Mills 7+1, Smith 6+1, Topinka 9+1, Roynon 8+2, Knight 0.
Diamonds: Larsen 12, Sneddon 1+1, Bach 12, Robson 11, Lambert 7+1, McKinna 2+1.