Stars end up getting well beaten after making a flying start
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn Stars had their shine taken away as they failed to capitalise on a dominant early performance at the Swindon Robins on Thursday night.
Rob Lyon's team led 16-8 after four heats but went on to find themselves eclipsed by a resurgent Robins side, who brought the Stars' recent good form to an end with a 52-38 triumph.
After Niels-Kristian Iversen passed Rohan Tungate and Jason Doyle to draw the first race of the night, the visitors looked on course for an early maximum in heat two but Charles Wright found a way past former team-mate Lewis Rose to limit the damage. However, the visitors would go on to claim a 5-1 in the next race as Robert Lambert, fresh from his silver medal-winning World Cup exploits with Great Britain, and former Swindon skipper Troy Batchelor swatted aside Nick Morris and Justin Sedgmen.
The Stars continued to dominate early on and only Josh Grajczonek catching Rose at the line denied them another maximum in heat four.
But following the first break of the evening, Tungate and Charles Wright hit back for Swindon, blazing away from guest Lewis Kerr and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen to rack up the hosts' first 5-1 victory.
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And the comeback didn't stop there, with Grajczonek and Morris claiming a 4-2 win in heat six before parity was restored in heat eight as Grajczonek's triumph made it 24-24.
The Stars were shellshocked and the Robins then turned the fixture on its head, taking the lead for the first time on the night as Tungate and Wright battered Jakobsen 5-1.
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The Robins' revival continued in heat 10, with Sedgmen narrowly holding off Iversen to clinch second-place behind Morris and help his team to another maximum.
An impressive gate from Batchelor in heat 11 mattered little as Tungate romped to his third triumph of the meeting but regardless, the home side continued to streak away, with Wright profiting from Rose's fall to help make it 41-31.
The Stars looked to throw the cat among the pigeons as Iversen and Batchelor blazed a trail in heat 13 but determined chasing from Doyle saw the current Robins captain pass the former to limit King's Lynn's win to a 4-2.
But Swindon hit back and clinched three points as Morris and Grajczonek left Lambert and an out-of-sorts Rory Schlein trailing with a heat 14 maximum, and the Robins rounded things off with a 4-2 win at the last, Grajczonek beating Iversen to leave the Stars licking their wounds.