Lakeside 61, King’s Lynn 32
King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon labelled Lynn's biggest Elite League defeat of the season as a 'bad day at the office'.
The Stars were boosted by the inclusion of doubling up duo Tomas Topinka and Lasse Bjerre from their original declared line up, but were well beaten at the Arena Essex Raceway. Lyon is looking for a positive response in tomorrow's league trip to Belle Vue.
'The score line says it all really, it's a hard track to get dialled into if you are not used to it and we had too many passengers,' he said. 'Gating was critical and there are not too many lines to use but fair play to Lakeside, they deserved to win.
'I said at the start of the season that we would have peaks and troughs and we are going to get a few scores like this but we have to accept it. What we have to do is to pick up points where we feel that we realistically have a chance. We had a full team as it turned out but it was just a bad day at the office.
'But we'll move on to the next match and see what we can do at Belle Vue.'
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Lakeside exacted revenge for their televised drubbing at the Norfolk Arena last month. The visitors only heat advantage came in heat seven and that was due to a tactical ride win for Mads Korneliusen, who along with Neils Kristian Iversen, provided the only meaningful opposition to a rampant Hammers.
The visitors felt the full backlash after co-promoter Jon Cook had castigated his Lakeside team for their two away performances in the preceding 48 hours and they consistently out-gating their opponents to underpin the comprehensive victry.
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Kenneth Bjerre chose the match to have a rare off-night and only in one of his four races, did he manage to beat a home rider. A morning call-off involving the Workington versus Ipswich Premier League fixture allowed both Topinka and Lasse Bjerre to take their place in the Lynn line-up but they too were totally ineffective along with Filip Sitera and Oliver Allen.
Sixteen rides between four Stars riders mustered just three points in a meeting that started badly for the visitors who found themselves trailing 23-7 after conceding five heat advantages in as many heats.
That included a wasted tactical ride for Kenneth Bjerre when the Dane, who had only managed a third place in the opener, proved equally all at sea in heat five before moving inside Stuart Robson for second place around the final turn only to lose the two points down the home straight.
Iversen showed the benefit of gating technique when comfortably taking heat six to become the Stars first heat winner and although Korneliusen, wearing the black and white helmet colour, won the next in similar fashion to reduce the deficit to 13 points, the home side collected their fourth maximum of the meeting in heat eight to lead 34-17.
Iversen rode a superb second turn to pick off Adam Shields on the first lap of heat 10 before moving into an unassailable lead and although Grand Prix rider Bjerre showed his true ability with a smart manoeuvre around the inside to nail heat 11, the Hammers dominated the last four races with a quartet of heat advantages.
Thankfully, Korneliusen and Iversen provided some opposition for the free-scoring home side with Korneliusen working hard to split Shields and Robson in heat 12 after the Hammers duo had worked a superb pincer movement around the first turns only for the Dane to drive between the pair down the back straight.
• Hammers: Shields 13+1, Robson 12+2.Richardson 12, Mear 11+1, Nieminen 9+3, Fisher (guest) 4+2, rider replacement for Swiderski.
• Stars: Korneliusen 12, Iversen 12, K.Bjerre 5, Sitera 2, L.Bjerre 1, Topinka 0, Allen 0.