Photo gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 53, Wolverhampton Wolves 37
- Credit: Matthew Usher
A Richie Worrall-inspired Lynn dished out a hammering to the league leaders at the Norfolk Arena tonight.
The 21-year-old English talent was in sensational form as he stormed to a huge 18 points by winning all six of his rides. It didn't matter what gate the reserve had, he simply roared out of it time and time again on his way to a maximum-points haul.
He was well supported by his team-mates as Lynn got back to winning ways and forgot their recent run of poor form – and injuries. Their dominance was such that Wolves failed to pick up a point from an away meeting for the first time in 2013 as the Stars grabbed all three Elite League points.
Both teams went into the clash with six men with Lynn captain Mads Korneliussen and Wolves' Ty Proctor unavailable to ride. British champion Tai Woffinden also missed out for the visitors and was replaced by guest Scott Nicholls.
And even though Woffy's absence through injury was a blow, Peter Adams' table-toppers went into the match as slight favourites.
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So a good start was needed by the hosts and they found it when Niels-Kristian Iversen and Simon Stead roared to an outstanding 5-1 maximum heat win. After turning heat two on its head, the Stars looked set for another triumph until home debutant Andrej Lebedev overcooked it on turn two and crashed.
Worrall blasted past Jacob Thorssell, who lifted, in the re-run to pick up his first three-pointer. Lebedev's woes continued in the fourth when he exceeded the two-minute warning. But it didn't matter as his replacement Worrall blasted out of the start on his way to a comfortable victory.
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Wolves finally picked up a heat advantage in the fifth but it was a long time before they could enjoy that luxury again against a fired up Lynn side. Adam Skornicki, Freddie Lindgren and Scott Nicholls – who pipped Iversen to a thrilling second in heat six – fought hard, but nobody could live with Worrall.
He even beat Wolves' number one and Grand Prix ace Lindgren on the way to his biggest score of the season, which came four days after his previous best of 13+1 at Coventry – where he top scored again – four days earlier.
Lynn's comfortable success, wrapped up just before the rain came, was secured ahead of the final heat as Rob Lyon's men sent out a clear message that their season is back on track.
Lynn (number of rides): Iversen 12 (5), Stead 9+2 (5), Alden 6+1 (5), Schlein 7+1 (6), Worrall 18 (6), Lebedev 1 (3)
Wolves: F Lindgren 10 (5), Wells 1+1 (4), Skornicki 11+1 (6), Nicholls 7 (4), L Lindgren 2+1 (5), Thorssell 6+2 (6)