Photo Gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 49, Coventry Bees 41
- Credit: IAN BURT
Swede Seb Alden turned his night – and the meeting – on its head to keep up Lynn's fine start to the season.
The Stars' red-hot reserve had run in two lasts before roaring to race wins in heat 11 and 12 as an excellent second-half helped the Saddlebow Road outfit pick up all three points.
Three heat advantages after the interval, including two 5-1 maximums, ensured a spirited Bees' outfit went home without the points they had threatened to collect for much of tonight.
Stars' team boss Rob Lyon had told supporters not to expect an easy evening going into the action – despite his side having picked up eight points from their first three meetings, and Coventry just one from four.
And he was proved right as the Bees showed there was indeed going to be a sting in the tail at Saddlebow Road. Lynn took an early lead with a 4-2 triumph in heat one, thanks as ever to a race win for flying number one Niels-Kristian Iversen.
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But the visitors were swarming all over the hosts in the second heat as a disappointing start for in-form reserve Alden helped Coventry secure a 5-1 to take control.
Heat advantages continued to change hands as both sides' riders showed some gating expertise. Lynn's Rory Schlein and Mads Korneliussen, as well as the Bees' Krzysztof Kasprzak and Grzegorz Zengota, stormed to jet-propelled victories.
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The Stars' number two Simon Stead made the first notable pass of the meeting in heat six to steam up the inside of Richie Worrall – in as a late guest for ex-Lynn ace Joe Screen – who drifted too wide on turn two in the final lap to gift a 4-2 advantage to Lyon's men.
But that four-point lead didn't get increased for a while as Gary Havelock's side hung in there and took advantage of Korneliussen's fall in heat nine as he overcooked it round the outside of Scott Nicholls. A Bees' maximum in the re-run, and a shared heat 10 – which saw Iversen beaten for the first time on the night – saw Lynn go into the interval 31-29 down.
But Alden's wins, including one as a reserve-replacement for Kozza Smith, handed the initiative to the Norfolk Arena side. And even though Kasprzak won a sensational heat 13, which saw the lead change hands numerous times between him, Schlein and Iversen, the Stars picked up another 5-1 to move clear with one to go.
Worrall obliterated the tapes and from 15-metres back never troubled Nicolai Klindt and Alden in the re-run. And that result left Lyon's men eight points ahead going into the last heat - which they shared thanks to Iversen's stunning victory.
The Dane powered between Kasprzak and Zengota like they weren't there off turn two to end his, and Lynn's, night on a high.
Lynn (number of rides in brackets): Iversen 12+1 (5), Stead 6+1 (4), Korneliussen 6 (4), Klindt 6+1 (4), Schlein 9+1 (5), Alden 8+1 (5), Smith 2 (3)
Coventry: Kasprzak 11 (5), Summers 3 (4), Zengota 9+1 (5), Mateusz Szczepaniak 2 (3), Nicholls 6+1 (4), Worrall 5+1 (5), Michal Szczepaniak 5+1 (4)