Nine defeats in a row as King’s Lynn Stars sign off their season
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn suffered last-heat heartache as they rounded off the 2017 campaign with a 46-44 home defeat to Rye House.
On a night where the Stars unveiled fans' favourite Thomas Jorgensen as their first signing for 2018, it was the Dane's bike that packed up in a last-race decider while in third place, denying the hosts a draw and gifting the Rockets victory.
Team manager Dale Allitt thanked the club's long-suffering supporters following their ninth straight defeat and reiterated their attentions are already focused on next year.
'I think we deserved to get something out of the meeting in the end but I guess that just sums it up really,' Allitt said.
'The team fought back well to edge in front mid-meeting and we looked as if we were on for the win.
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'But Robert (Lambert) had problems in heat 13 and then Thomas' ignition went in the last race.
'It was a very disappointing way to end our season, but this has certainly been a year to learn from and then quickly forget.
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'Obviously I've been out of action since July with my own health issues, but I'm as determined as anyone to put things right next season.
'We thank our supporters for sticking by us through some very difficult times and I urge everyone to come back refreshed next March because as I've said, we'll be doing everything we can to be at the right end of the table next year.'
As well as confirming Jorgensen trackside as their first rider for next season, King's Lynn revealed they have also agreed to sign Taylor Hampshire as a full club asset.
The 16-year-old represented the Young Stars at National League level before the club's withdrawal from the third tier earlier this season but has continued his development with reigning Champions Birmingham.
King's Lynn Stars 44: Michael Palm Toft 13, Josh Auty 11+2, Thomas Jorgensen 9+2, Robert Lambert 8, Simon Lambert 3, Kai Huckenbeck 0, Tomas H Jonasson R/R.
Rye House Rockets 46: Scott Nicholls 11, Chris Harris 8+1, Ricky Wells 7, Stuart Robson 5+1, Ben Morley 5+1, Ben Barker 5, Krzysztof Kasprzak 5.