King’s Lynn Stars lose Young Shield battle
RYE HOUSE 53, KING'S LYNN 39 (Rye House won 94-88 on aggregate): Kings Lynn were sent tumbling out of the Young Shield after losing at Rye House on Sunday but it took a last heat decider to settle the overall outcome.
Kozza Smith led the visitors fight with a win and a paid win amongst his paid 14 points but the plaudits went to reserve Adam Roynon who collected two wins amongst his seven rides.
In contrast, number one Olly Allen was a huge disappointment with four points that included a win but three blank outings one win and three blank outings whilst Tomas Topinka won his first race but then gathered five points from his remaining four rides.
Stars team manager Rob Lyon said: 'I appreciate that Kozza Smith was a real option for heat 15 but I knew that gating was going to be vital. Olly had trapped to win earlier in the afternoon and I was hoping he could turn in a repeat performance but it wasn't to be.
'I think our chance of winning the tie was lost on Wednesday because we needed a few more points from our home meeting to bring here but we put in a good display and made Rye House fight all the way.'
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Lynn used rider replacement for Chris Mills who was suffering from an injured elbow but that facility only produced four points. Rockets wiped out the eight points deficit from the first leg when Linus Sundstrom and Stefan Ekberg gained a 4-2 over Tomas Topinka in heat six to forge a 23-13 advantage on the day.
Lyon immediately named Smith for a tactical ride although the Australian had no answer to the quick-gating Jordan Frampton as the Stars gained a 5-3 and they continued to take the fight to the home side.
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With five races remaining, they were 10 points down on the day, but only two on aggregate, and they levelled the overall score with an awarded 4-2 when Allen trapped for the only time in the meeting to lead throughout in a race that saw a nasty fall for Rye House reserve Kyle Hughes who took a tumble on the last turn before the pursuing Lasse Bjerre hit the stricken rider's machine.
Hughes was taken from the track by ambulance with a suspected broken collarbone whilst Bjerre was able to walk back to the pits unaided.
Smith split the home pairing in heat 12 but in a crucial heat 13, Topinka and Allen succumbed to a Jordan Frampton and Sundstrom 5-1 as the Rockets moved 14-points ahead on the afternoon.
The Stars kept their hopes alive though with a superb maximum in the penultimate race when Roynon and Smith jetted away from the tapes to impressively shut out Ekberg. Allen and Topinka were nominated in the last, although Smith appeared to be a sounder option, but the tie was settled from the gate when Sundstrom and Neath charged clear on the slick track.
• Rockets: Linus Sundstrom 12+2, Stefan Ekberg 8+1, Chris Neath 14+1, Robbie Kessler rider replacement, Jordan Frampton 9+1, Ben Morley 4+1, Kyle Hughes 6+1.
• Stars: Olly Allen 4, Lasse Bjerre 4+1, Chris Mills rider replacement, Kozza Smith 13+1, Tomas Topinka 8, Adam Roynon 10+2, Carl McDade 0.