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Stars turn on the power to earn a place in Knockout Cup semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 09:53 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:53 17 May 2018

Lewis Kerr and Robert Lambert, left, on their way to a 5-1 in heat four against Leicester. Picture: Ian Burt

Lewis Kerr and Robert Lambert, left, on their way to a 5-1 in heat four against Leicester. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn clinched their spot in the Knockout Cup semi-finals with a dominant display against Leicester on home shale.

Ty Proctor on one wheel after a quality ride in heat nine against Leicester. Picture: Ian BurtTy Proctor on one wheel after a quality ride in heat nine against Leicester. Picture: Ian Burt

The Tru Plant Stars went into the fixture needing to make up a six-point deficit from the first leg.

They started slowly, though, as they failed to get a race win from the opening three heats of the night.

But that proved to be the wake-up call they needed as they reeled off five straight 5-1s which virtually took the meeting away from the Lions heading into the interval.

A 4-2 advantage in heat 13 secured the victory on aggregate to the delight of the Stars’ management and supporters with the club now progressing to the last four of the competition.

Stars’ boss Dale Allitt said: “I am very pleased with that victory because it has been a very difficult week with riders pulling out and things like that.

“But these guys just rise above it and it’s pleasing to work with because they don’t know when they are beaten.

“Again, we had a tough start to the meeting which didn’t go as perfectly as we had planned but we came back and owned the rest of the meeting.

“I have said all along from day one that we have key areas that are good and one of those areas is the engine room of the middle order.

“We got nine points from rider replacement which really showed how hard we worked to get the result.

“That said, though, it is never ideal to have to use guests and rider replacement in recent fixtures.

“We should have gone for a Monday and a Thursday race-night as a league, but we were outvoted at the AGM which leaves us where we are, and we have to make the best of it.”

King’s Lynn 59: Robert Lambert 17, Ty Proctor 11+2, Lewis Kerr 11+2, Josh Auty 9+3, Thomas Jorgensen 8+1, Kasper Andersen 3+2, Niels-Kristian Iversen rider replacement.

Leicester 31: Rory Schlein 12, Ricky Wells 6, Kyle Howarth 4, Todd Kurtz 4, Kyle Newman 2+1, James Sarjeant 2, Krystian Pieszczek 1.

King’s Lynn win 101-79 on aggregate.

The Stars are next in action on Monday when they face a trip north to take on Belle Vue in the Premiership.


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