Photo gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 52, Belle Vue Aces 38
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Brave Lynn kept up the fight to save their season tonight as the club announced they would also be appealing their recent points deduction.
The Stars picked up all three points with a morale-boosting victory over basement boys Belle Vue to move within seven of the play-offs. Rob Lyon's troops still have eight meetings left – and crucially a couple less than fourth-placed Poole Pirates – to achieve their aim.
Their triumph over the Aces was the perfect response to the Speedway Control Bureau punishing the Norfolk Arena outfit for 'illegally' using Kozza Smith as a guest against Peterborough Panthers. That win, which was turned into a loss when his scores were scrubbed out, saw Lynn lose two precious points. But they proved last night that they haven't given up their hopes of scrapping their way back into the end-of-season shoot-out. And Chapman looks set to battle the SCB all the way over their decision.
He wrote in his programme notes: 'Kozza was not eligible according to the SCB. Well I can tell you that this decision is being appealed and after seeking advice from our legal team it looks like proceedings may also be started down the legal route as they believe after looking at all the correspondences and their interpretation of the rule book there is a case to be answered for.'
The six-men were as fired up as their owner come tapes up. They needed to be as number one Niels-Kristian Iversen and Andzejs Lebedevs were on Speedway Grand Prix 2014 qualification duty while Rory Schlein was stuck at home with the broken leg he suffered at the weekend. And while it was a good night for Iversen, as he won the GP semi-final qualification meeting, his English side were also enjoying a fine night's sliding.
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Operating rider/replacement at number one, it looked like the Aces' main man Matej Zagar could have a field day. But captain Mads Korneliussen, Richie Worrall, guests Cameron Woodward and Smith as well as Lasse Bjerre dug deep to inspire the Saddlebow Road side to victory.
They covered for Nicklas Porsing's zero with four maximum 5-1 race wins thrown in for good measure. Two came from the improving pairing of Korneliussen and Worrall – the former making the move of the night in heat three to go from fourth to second in one beautiful swoop.
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Lynn took the lead for the first time in heat nine and never looked back. They needed to avoid a 5-1 in heat 15 to pick up a maximum-points win. And they did just that, by winning 5-1, to keep their play-off dream alive.
Lynn (number of rides): Lasse Bjerre 7+2 (4), Mads Korneliussen 13+1 (6), Richie Worrall 9+1 (5), Cameron Woodward 13+3 (6), Nicklas Porsing 0 (3), Kozza Smith 10 (6)
Belle Vue: Matej Zagar 12 (5), Craig Cook 6 (5), Ulrich Ostergaard 3+2 (5), Magnus Zetterstrom 2 (5), Kauko Nieminen 4 (4), Kevin Doolan 11+3 (6)