Belle Vue 41 King's Lynn 49: Stars in control in play-off semi-final
PUBLISHED: 22:13 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 25 September 2018
King's Lynn Stars have one foot in the SGB Premiership final after a stunning comeback from 10 down to win 49-41 at Belle Vue on Monday evening.
Flying reserve Michael Palm Toft led the renaissance, roaring to five wins out of seven to rack up a whopping 18-paid-19, while Robert Lambert and Niels-Kristian Iversen came good after tricky starts to seal an eight-point cushion in heat 15.
The Stars shipped a 5-1 to start as home guest David Bellego made the gate before Max Fricke forced his way up the inside of Erik Riss.
Palm Toft hit the front in the reserve race but Simon Lambert could not resist Jye Etheridge’s surge to split the visitors on turn three of the opening lap.
Rohan Tungate led from tapes to flag in the third but Thomas Jorgensen’s tenacious pass of Steve Worrall on lap three shared the points.
Etheridge forced Simon Lambert wide which left Bellego at the back but the Frenchman picked off Niels-Kristian Iversen up the inside during the final lap for heat four.
Robert Lambert then got beaten up in the first corner but recovered to dive up the inside of Tungate who had just got past Riss to claim second behind Worrall.
Fricke registered the quickest time of the night but Iversen and Palm Toft split the Aces before Ty Proctor clipped Dimitri Berge and fell to leave Belle Vue with a comfortable 5-1 against Jorgensen.
Palm Toft came in for Simon Lambert and won heat eight at a canter to close the gap before leading the ninth with Iversen in support for King’s Lynn’s first maximum of the night.
Fricke surged from back to front in little more than half a lap in a shared 10th and did the same in the next race but the momentum remained with the visitors.
The Stars seized upon a slice of fortune when Worrall packed up at the start with Palm Toft soaring through before Robert Lambert got his first win of the night to level, although all the action took place behind him with Iversen seeing off the spirited charge of Tungate before pushing Fricke all the way.
Jorgensen’s charge up the inside saw him hit the front in heat 14 with Palm Toft coming through to lead a 5-1, a feat repeated by the big hitters in style to cap the monumental comeback.
Belle Vue 41: Max Fricke 14+1, Jye Etheridge 9, Steve Worrall 6+1, Rohan Tungate 5, David Bellego 4, Dimitri Berge 3, Craig Cook r/r.
Stars 49: Michael Palm Toft 18+1, Robert Lambert 10, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7+2, Thomas Jorgensen 4+2, Simon Lambert 4, Erik Riss 3+1, Ty Proctor 3+1.