Stars break the 50-point barrier
King's Lynn 64, Newport 26 (Lynn won 118-65 on aggregate) Lynn piled on the agony for Premier League bottom club Newport at Saddlebow on Wednesday night. Rob Lyon's table toppers crashed through the half century of points for this season with a demolition job on the outgunned Wasps in front of a home crowd celebrating Lynn's highest-ever league finish.
King's Lynn 64, Newport 26 (Lynn won 118-65 on aggregate)
Lynn piled on the agony for Premier League bottom club Newport at Saddlebow last night.
Rob Lyon's table toppers crashed through the half century of points for this season with a demolition job on the outgunned Wasps in front of a home crowd celebrating Lynn's highest-ever league finish.
Rocket fuelled reserves John Oliver and Chris Mills were in rampant mood - Oliver posting his best Stars' return despite a pointless outing in the finale for one half of the league's deadliest bottom end duo.
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Paid maximum men Trevor Harding and Daniel Nermark deserved a mention in despatches. The grand slam chasers could even afford the luxury of a rare Kevin Doolan off night - a distant third in the opener setting the tone.
Ostergaard drove out of gate one to dictate proceedings from Troy Batchelor - the World U21 reserve swarming all over the visitor down the back straight.
Joel Parsons threw down the gauntlet to Oliver in heat two before the composed youngster replied in kind exiting turn three with Mills over the hill.
Nermark and Harding coasted to a routine maximum in the next as Carl Wilkinson and Chris Schramm scrapped over the solitary point.
Lynn skipper Tomas Topinka was cast in the support role as Oliver impressively headed the maestro for his opening win of the night.
Nermark went into overdrive after a sluggish heat five gate, fending off Tony Atkin exiting turn two before reeling in Ostergaard on a desperate tactical raid as Harding took a smooth flag.
Batchelor supplied a fifth consecutive home win but Newport stemmed the bleeding as Wilkinson kept a misfiring Doolan at bay after a minor early skirmish.
Topinka edged Mills to move Lynn 22 clear at the mid-meeting point before Oliver policed Parsons and Atkin as compatriot Batchelor proceeded on his merry way.
Wilkinson's forlorn tactical foundered on the Nermark, Harding axis but Doolan's mechanical woes continued as he trailed in last behind Batchelor despite a spirited late dash to bypass Schramm.
Topinka's engine failure gifted Newport a first heat win since the opener - Ostergaard pocketing the present after cutting inside Mills from the gate.
Oliver's night to remember eased Lynn through the 50-point barrier on the interval but Doolan's night to forget got no better on the resumption - Ostergaard diving around the outside to mug Lynn's Aussie for second.
Nermark's now customary late flourish sealed another masterclass - the penultimate contest producing a battle royale won by Mills from Parsons behind the classy Swede who re-emerged to snatch the finale.
The Stars for once were even dealt a rare winning hand from the wet weather that blighted much of Lynn's summer progress - Nermark's fourth and final flag of the night the trigger for a heavy downpour.
Stars: Doolan 3+1, Batchelor 11, Harding 9+3, Nermark 14+1, Topinka 8+1, Mills 9+2, Oliver 10+2.
Wasps: Ostergaard 11, Atkin 3, Schramm 2+1, Wilkinson 6+1, Parsons 4, Legg 0.