Stars show no sympathy for ailing champs

Lynn earned top marks in their latest Premier League test against depleted champions Rye House at Saddlebow last night.

King's Lynn 64, Rye House 28

Lynn earned top marks in their latest Premier League test against depleted champions Rye House at Saddlebow last night.

Rye arrived minus in-form Steve Boxall (stomach virus) and smarting from a hammering on the Isle of Wight 24 hours earlier. Stars old boy James Brundle was drafted in as a guest for Ross Brady but Lynn showed little sympathy - Rob Lyon's grand slam chasers powering through the card to claim all 15 races.

Tomas Topinka (15-point maximum) and Daniel Nermark (12-point maximum) headlined but this was another demonstration of Lynn's feared team unit working in perfect harmony.

Kevin Doolan's recent mechanical woes looked a world away in a blistering opener - the Aussie posting a season's best sub 59-second win. Ed Kennett cashed in on Troy Batchelor's loose gate to split the home duo with Brundle cut adrift. Chris Mills reeled in Adam Roynon to claim the reserves.

Lynn's experienced middle order fired early to pile on the pressure. Nermark drove through turn one to dictate proceedings in heat three - sidekick Trevor Harding pouncing on Tommy Allen's mistake round the bottom bend for third.

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Leader of the pack Topinka glided to the flag in heat four with Roynon surviving John Oliver's brief challenge for second.

Kennett fended off Harding in a ding dong battle behind Nermark in the next - Harding launching a desperate last lap push after Kennett had outfoxed the Aussie down the back straight.

Doolan's bad luck returned with engine failure from the tapes gifting the Rockets a shared heat - Batchelor blasting from the gate to minimise the damage.

Topinka's trackcraft downed Kennett's tactical foray after the young Brit briefly threatened to upset the home skipper. Tommy Allen's second bend slip handed Mills the minor honours.

Lynn opened the throttle with a maximum blitz either side of the interval - Oliver's rearguard action foiling Brundle to back up Batchelor before Nermark and Harding snuffed out Chris Neath.

Doolan returned with a bang on the resumption to ease Lynn 22 clear. Roynon then hit the shale in the next as Topinka held off the over worked Kennett.

Oliver celebrated his recall with a smooth heat 12 flag - expertly leaning on Allen around the bottom bend of lap one, but the battling visitors kept Harding at bay to stem the home onslaught.

Topinka and Doolan anchored the traditional heat 13 banker as Lynn finished with a flourish - Nermark and the skipper fittingly closing out the one-side affair.

Stars: Doolan 10+2, Batchelor 9+1, Harding 4+1, Nermark 12, Topinka 15, Mills 7+1, Oliver 7+1.

Rockets: Kennett 12, Brundle 2, Allen 3, Neath 3, Beston 1+1, Roynon 7+1.