Late heroics earn Stars a well deserved away point
King's Lynn once again performed late heroics to snatch an Elite League point despite a 49-44 defeat against high-flying Wolverhampton at Monmore Green.
The gutsy Stars fought hard throughout, with Niels-Kristian Iversen and Robert Lambert striking a 5-1 in the final race to ensure they claimed a consolation point for their efforts. The visitors fell behind early on, with Wolves recording a trio of heat advantages before striking a 5-1 in heat seven.
Teenage sensation Robert Lambert, who had won heat three in convincing fashion, came within inches of passing No.1 Freddie Lindgren on the run to the line, but his best efforts could not prevent the Stars from slipping ten behind.
They were then dealt a further blow as reserve Lewis Rose suffered an awkward crash when battling with Kyle Howarth in heat eight, forcing him to withdraw after a positive start which had seen him win heat two. With guest Adam Roynon the sole representative in heat 12, they conceded a 5-1 which seemed to all but end their hopes of a point.
Yet Iversen and Lambert responded with impressive victorie, with Lambert expertly charging underneath Jacob Thorssell in the penultimate race. That set up a last-heat decider, as the pair burst clear for a decisive maximum, just as they had done at home against Swindon last Thursday. Although this time they were unable to prevent a defeat, it was enough to see them earn a potentially vital point.
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Grand Prix star Iversen battled hard to provide the bulk of their resistance, fighting from the back in heat six only to be spectacularly rounded by Sam Masters on the run to the line. He handed them a lifeline with a classy tactical ride victory in heat 10 to ultimately spark their late charge to claim a point.
Aussie ace Troy Batchelor endured a nightmare evening as he continues to get back up to speed following his return from injury.
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German talent Kai Huckenbeck initially struggled on his first visit to the venue, although he demonstrated his talent to pick off Kyle Howarth for second place in heat nine. Fellow second-string Mads Korneliussen put in a solid performance but was unable to claim a race win as the Wolves top five fired them to a narrow victory.
The Stars will have a swift chance of revenge as they host Wolverhampton in the return fixture on Thursday (7.30pm).