King’s Lynn Stars suffer 50-40 defeat to Poole in first home meeting
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Brave King's Lynn comeback star Lewis Kerr admitted the side was 'hurting' after a shock home defeat to Poole.
The Poultec Stars, who lost the Premiership title to the Pirates last October, suffered more pain in their opening clash at the Adrian Flux Arena last night.
Poole were much sharper from the start and ran out comfortable 50-40 winners in the first leg of the Premiership Shield.
Kerr admitted: 'We are obviously all gutted. We've had a tough start to the season with the defeat at Ipswich and then tonight.
'But we can't let it affect us. It's just two meetings. Some of the boys are having some niggly mechanical problems which is really stopping them getting top scores.
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'We will keep battling. Just getting bike time is really important to us so we need to go to Poole on Thursday and do the same to them on their home track.'
Skipper Robert Lambert was well below his best, scoring just paid seven, and admits it has been a difficult start.
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He said: 'I think I scored one last place all last season and I got one in my opening meeting tonight. It's obviously hugely disappointing and I need to sort it quick.'
The Poultec Stars were rocked with Lambert running last in heat one but the outstanding Erik Riss looked especially quick to win.
Then Poole took command with a heat two maximum. However the home side battled hard to re-take the lead in heat 10 thanks to that Riss and Lambert pairing.
But a huge 5-1 for the league champions in heat 12, followed by a similar outcome in heat 14, gave the victory to the Pirates.
A final heat 5-1 from Brady Kurtz and Jack Holder rubbed salt into the Stars' wounds to give the scoreline a more healthy look than it probably warranted for the visitors.
Top scorer Riss admitted: 'We are very sorry to the club and fans for this result. But we will fight back that's for sure. We all want the same success as last season.'
Stars 40: Erik Riss 11, Thomas Jorgensen 9+1, Michael Palm Toft 7+2, Ty Proctor 5+2, Robert Lambert 4+3, Lewis Kerr 4, Kasper Andersen 0.
Pirates: Brady Kurtz 11, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 8+1, Josh Grajczonek 8, Richie Worrall 6+1, Jack Holder 6+2, Nicolai Klindt 6, Nico Covatti 5+2.