King’s Lynn Stars regain some pride in Knockout Cup - but still bow out at Wolverhampton
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn Stars let a six-point lead slip as they went down 48-42 in the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie with Wolverhampton at Monmore Green.
The Stars faced a huge task, needing to overcome an 18-point deficit in order to progress in the tie.
And they gave travelling supporters a glimmer of hope as they edged into an early lead on the night. But the high-flying Wolves came on strong in the closing stages to ensure Dale Allitt's side were beaten on the night to lose 102-78 on aggregate.
It was nonetheless an encouraging performance from the Adrian Flux Arena outfit, who gave the Midlands side a scare despite the absence of the injured Robert Lambert.
And Allitt declared himself proud of the effort shown by his depleted side at a venue where no away side has won this season.
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'It was always going to be hard, especially without Robert, but the boys really rallied around tonight,' he said.
'We've taken a lot of criticism after the home defeat in the first leg, and rightly so, but had tonight been a league meeting we'd have come away with a point.
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'We were right in it all night, so it bodes well moving forward and I'm proud of the effort shown by the boys.'
No. 1 Troy Batchelor impressed for the visitors, winning heat three with a clever cutback to pass Jacob Thorssell for the lead as well as taking the chequered flag in heat 15.
Chris Holder also recorded two classy race wins, while reserve Lewis Rose bagged a hard-fought 9+1 point haul on a hectic night.
His lower order partner Danny Ayres scored in all three rides, partnering Rose to a 5-1 in his first race in Stars' colours in heat two.
The Stars will be back in action looking for another strong away showing as they head to Belle Vue on Wednesday (7.30).
Wolverhampton: Sam Masters 13, Freddie Lindgren 9+2, Jacob Thorssell 9+1, Rory Schlein 7+1, Kyle Howarth 5, Max Clegg 4+1, Nathan Greaves 1.
King's Lynn: Troy Batchelor 13, Lewis Rose 9+1, Chris Holder 8, Thomas Jorgensen 6+1, Danny Ayres 4+2, Kai Huckenbeck 2+1.
Lambert was ruled out after hurting his neck and sustaining a broken wrist riding for Newcastle on Sunday.