Photo Gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 43, Lakeside Hammers 49
Former Stars' ace Davey Watt stole the show as Lakeside Hammers inflicted King's Lynn's second home defeat of the season at the Norfolk Arena tonight.
Watt scored 15, plus two, and was only beaten in heat 15 by Lynn's unbeaten Niels- Kristian Iversen who was his side's major plus point during a performance littered with errors.
The Stars were hoping to continue their improved form which had seen them win their last two meetings. However, second-placed Lakeside, who are still coming to terms with the death of their popular captain Lee Richardson, looked sure to be a tough prospect, even though they're currently using rider/replacement.
And three shared heats in the opening five races proved it was going to be a close night's racing with some exciting battles for the lesser points.
In-form heat leaders Iversen and Watt picked up wins for their respective sides but it was the latter who helped secure the first race advantage of the night - a 5-1 maximum - in the third.
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Despite keeping close to their visitors in the scoring stakes, the Stars, Iversen aside, were gating poorly in the majority of races. Too many mistakes were also starting to make a difference as the Hammers' ascendency grew.
Mateusz Szczepaniak nearly had team-mate Kevin Wolbert into the air fence on turn two with Daniel Nermark, who appeared to be riding a Bucking Bronco at times, getting in the way of his own riders on too many occasions.
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Watt was involved in three 5-1s as he helped the Hammers open up an eight-point gap at the interval. Chasing down a 31-23 deficit, the Stars' hopes of a fightback looked even less after the re-start as Watt won another heat. But it was no mean feat to see off Iversen who has been in such dominant form all season.
Lyon's heat 12 gamble, to use Maciej Janowski as a tactical, appeared to be paying off as Lynn finally managed to get a gate. But it was that man Watt - again - who stormed up the inside of the Pole down the home straight to almost finish the Stars' hopes of salvaging something from the meeting.
Janowski's four meant the heat was shared at 4-4, leaving Lynn - 12 points behind with three races left - staring down the barrel of their second home defeat of the campaign.
Former Stars' rider Peter Karlsson's engine failed at the tapes in heat 13 to give Lynn a glimmer of hope as Iversen and Mads Korneliussen picked up the hosts' first maximum race win of the night.
But the errors returned in heat 14 when leading 5-1, Nermark lifted and almost took off Wolbert to let Lakeside gain a second place and the victory. Watt was finally beaten in heat 15, by an inspired Iversen, but it only glossed over a poor team display from the Stars.
King's Lynn: Niels-K Iversen 14, Joe Screen 4 (1), Maciej Janowski 8, Daniel Nermark 2, Mads Korneliussen 4 (1), Mateusz Szczepaniak 3, Kevin Wolbert 8 (2)
Lakeside: Peter Karlsson 7, Kim Nilsson 11 (3), Davey Watt 15 (2), Stuart Robson 7 (1), Richie Worrall 4 (1), Robert Mear 5