Parker is back with a bang
King's Lynn 55, Glasgow 39Lynn old boy Shane Parker defied the Premier Trophy holders in last night's Saddlebow semi-final, first leg.Rob Lyon's reigning champions looked on course for a healthy lead ahead of next month's Ashfield return until Parker's sparkling second half display.
King's Lynn 55, Glasgow 39
Lynn old boy Shane Parker defied the Premier Trophy holders in last night's Saddlebow semi-final, first leg.
Rob Lyon's reigning champions looked on course for a healthy lead ahead of next month's Ashfield return until Parker's sparkling second half display.
The Aussie flew past Tomas Topinka and Daniel Nermark to clinch two late flags before a stunning tactical sub success in the penultimate heat kept Glasgow in touch.
Parker's win in the finale capped a sublime paid 19 return for the former Norfolk Arena favourite, while Nermark (paid 12) topped the home bill.
Ex-team mate Topinka dictated the opener - sidekick Chris Mills overpowering Lee Dicken in the early exchanges.
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Glasgow hit back to inflict a rare reserves' reverse on the hosts, David McAllan flying around the outside of James Brundle.
Parker signalled his intent in a no holds barred tussle with Nermark after the Swede got the drop from the tapes - Trevor Harding firing past Robert Ksiezak to square the heat.
Trent Leverington gated to the next for the battling visitors with Simon Lambert and Paul Lee well adrift. Nermark reeled in George Stancl in a hard fought heat five, Harding again showing his mettle to fend off Dicken for a precious heat advantage.
Lee Smethills split the home pair in the next after Mills cut back inside Leverington in a doomed bid to support Topinka before Parker kept Lynn's young guns at bay.
Mills squeezed out Dicken exiting turn one to guide Simon Lambert home for a timely max. Harding and Nermark then turned up the heat to ease Lynn into the interval 14 clear - Lynn's super Swede using all his trackcraft to outwit Leverington.
Parker edged Topinka out of the limelight as the balance of power started to shift - Stancl's tactical raid anchoring a visiting heat advantage.
Glasgow's talisman prolonged his unblemished night in the next at Nermark's expense. The champions responded when Lee and Topinka swallowed up Stancl.
The Scottish raiders went for broke with Parker pressed into action off 15 metres. Team mate McAllan deferred on the opening lap before the Aussie reeled in Brundle but compatriot Harding held his nerve to inflict Parker's only defeat.
Stancl's mechanical problems in the finale gifted Lynn the minor places as Parker took the plaudits.
Stars: Topinka 10+1, Mills 7+2, Nermark 11+1, Harding 8+1, Lee 10+2, Brundle 4+1, Lambert 5+2.
Tigers: Stancl 8, Dicken 2+1, Parker 19, Ksiezak 0, Leverington 4, Smethills 3, McAllan 3.