Great night for buoyant King’s Lynn Stars – but Ty Proctor issues words of caution
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Ty Proctor hailed his team as they shot up to third place in the Premiership with two victories over Wolverhampton – but warned that more tests lie in wait.
The Stars claimed all six league points on a sultry night by seeing off the visitors in back-to-back fixtures.
That took them from sixth to third in the table – but Proctor, ever cautious, refuses to get carried away.
'I always said all along we had the capabilities of possibly making the play-offs,' said the Australian – adding quickly, 'we're still not there yet.'
'Mathematically it's not cemented yet. We've just got to keep working hard – and we said at the beginning if we kept working hard we could make it. We're still in that situation now.
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'I don't want to count the chickens before they're hatched.
'If we can go away from home and pick up a couple of points in the last few matches, yeah, it might work.
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'But we've got some big teams coming here in the back end and we're just going to have to keep working hard.'
The Stars certainly worked hard on a night of 30 heats – led, inevitably, by Robert Lambert who was beaten just once in a dozen starts on a very grippy and racy surface.
That was a special effort by the visitors' Jacob Thorssell in heat six of the second match, covering Lambert's every effort seemingly by telepathy. If that was a cracking race, the one before it could have booked a spot in any highlights showreel in the sport.
Sam Masters and Kyle Howarth team-rode brilliantly only for the flying Thomas Jorgensen to produce a top-drawer pass of both in the one move and then strike again as Masters responded.
It was a blow for Wolves, who made a better fist of things second time round after struggling with their set-ups – and their hurt became even greater when Proctor stealthily pipped Howarth for third on the line.
Lynn enjoyed strength in depth throughout the order – Lambert would grace any side but there's a real togetherness in a side that should now look to the play-offs – despite any lingering caution from Proctor.
Sole concern for a buoyant home team was the withdrawal late in match two of Palm Toft (knee).
That apart, a big, big night for the Stars.
KING'S LYNN 60 WOLVES 30
KING'S LYNN: Robert Lambert 18, Thomas Jorgensen 10+1, Michael Palm Toft 9+2, Ty Proctor 9+1, Erik Riss 8+2, Simon Lambert 6+1, Josh Bailey (No.8) did not ride, Niels-Kristian Iversen rider-replacement.
WOLVERHAMPTON: Sam Masters 12, Jacob Thorsell 11, Kyle Howarth 4, Ashley Morris 3+1, Matej Kus 0, James Sarjeant 0, Rory Schlein rider-replacement.
KING'S LYNN 55 WOLVES 35
KING'S LYNN: Robert Lambert 16+1, Thomas Jorgensen 12+2, Simon Lambert 9+1, Ty Proctor 8, Erik Riss 7+3, Michael Palm Toft 3+1, Josh Bailey (No.8) did not ride, Niels-Kristian Iversen rider-replacement.
WOLVERHAMPTON: Jacob Thorsell 11+1, Sam Masters 11, Kyle Howarth 8+1, James Sarjeant 2, Matej Kus 2, Ashley Morris 1+1, Rory Schlein rider-replacement.