Northern double for Stars

Berwick 39, King's Lynn 50: King's Lynn completed a memorable northern double with another Premier League masterclass at Berwick. Rob Lyon's champions sparkled in the Borders to close in on the early league pacesetters just 24 hours after a 49-41 win at rivals Edinburgh.

Berwick 39, King's Lynn 50

King's Lynn completed a memorable northern double with another Premier League masterclass at Berwick.

Rob Lyon's champions sparkled in the Borders to close in on the early league pacesetters just 24 hours after a 49-41 win at rivals Edinburgh.

Lyon again marshalled his diminishing resources, with Newcastle guest Mark Lemon and Glasgow's Josh Grajczonek deputising for injured captain Tomas Topinka and World U21 bound Joe Haines.

Lynn used the rider replacement facility for Swede Linus Eklof who was unable to feature at all on the club's northern expedition after damaging his neck on domestic duty last week. The Bandits were also hit hard by the early injury loss of Craig Branney, who careered into the first bend fence in the reserves heat.

Branney was taken to hospital for checks on a suspected wrist injury, leaving Berwick down to five with rider replacement already in operation for Lee Complin.

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Adrian Rymel claimed the opener but Lynn squared off the minor points before Branney's painful exit.

Outnumbered team mate Jade Mudgway suffered mechanical problems in the re-run to gift Lynn a 5-0 heat advantage. Darren Mallett hit the shale in the rear in heat three after clipping the fence down the back straight but after lengthy treatment trackside on a hip injury was passed fit to race.

Lynn edged further clear with back-to-back heat advantages before Rymel and Kevin Doolan tussled in heat six until the Bandits claimed the flag.

Anders Andersen dived back inside Casper Wortmann in heat eight but Lynn still led by nine at halfway. Michal Makovsky pounced to stun Doolan in the next with a cut back up the inside, then Andersen flew from the final turn to pip Kozza Smith as Berwick closed the gap to three.

The young reserve treated the Berwick fans with an impromptu wheelie in the home straight after his all-action display to reel Smith and Wortmann.

Mudgway inflicted a first defeat on Grajczonek for a battling point in heat 11 - firing out of turn two before repelling the Aussie's late assault. Lynn's experienced duo Doolan and Lemon settled any visiting nerves to anchor a couple of late maximums to close out another polished away win for the champions.

'Our revival was stunning and for a heat or two I began to think the impossible, a win over King's Lynn, was going to become reality,' said Bandits' co-owner Lynda Waite. 'But this is a sport I've learned early that you cannot predict an outcome. Sadly we ended up on the wrong end of King's Lynn's power riders, but it all made for a very exciting night's entertainment.'

Bandits: Rymel 10, Anderrson 3+2, Clews 10, Makovsky 11, Mudgway 5+1, Branney 0.

Stars: Lemon 10+3, Grajczonek 7+1, Smith 10+1, Doolan 13, Mallet 3, Wortmann 7+2.