Swindon 42, King’s Lynn 48
King's Lynn moved to within a point of the Elite League summit tonight after a superb away win at Swindon.
Rob Lyon's men maintained their impressive early season top flight form with a maiden road success after crushing Lakeside in front of the television cameras on home shale earlier in the week.
Norfolk-bred skipper Olly Allen and Kenneth Bjerre led from the front at the Abbey Stadium with Danish second strings Mads Korneliussen and Niels-Kristian Iversen offering solid support. Glasgow guest Nick Morris justified Lyon's faith with a gutsy paid 10 after Lynn had travelled to Wiltshire minus their doubling up riders.
Lasse Bjerre and Tomas Topinka were on opposite sides in a Premier League match-up between Ipswich and Workington at Foxhall - Lynn employing the rider replacement facility for the Czech after originally opting to track Ben Wilson.
Scott Nicholls and Josh Grajczonek were the pick of a below-par Robins' side with Team GB ace Simon Stead still clearly struggling with the rib injury that forced him to miss Swindon's recent 58-37 Saddlebow defeat.
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The hosts' started strongly with Nicholls blasting from the tapes to head Bjerre – Tomasz Chrzanowski far too quick for the outgunned Filip Sitera in the battle for the minor spoils. Grajczonek and Aussie compatriot Justin Sedgmen combined to easily sink Morris and Sitera who trundled to a halt in the rear.
Korneliussen and Allen replied in kind with a timely away maximum to halt Swindon's early charge – Allen using his experience around one of his former stomping grounds to hold up Maciej Janowski.
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Iversen clinched an eventful heat four which needed two re-runs after Morris tangled with Grajczonek. Lynn's guest then tumbled around the top bend trying to reel in his countryman again with Iversen clear. The Dane composed himself to trap to the flag, but Stead and Grajczonek were able to square off the race with Morris excluded.
Bjerre deferred to Janowski in the next as the Pole moved Swindon four points clear. Nicholls and Iversen diced in heat six but the impressive Grajczonek was well clear. Lynn's dynamic duo Korneliussen and Allen tandem rode to another vital away max to keep the visitors in touch.
Lyon deployed Morris on a reserve switch in the next and the Aussie dived into Allen's slipstream to frustrate Grajczonek who hit the shale in a last lap onslaught. Iversen catapulted out of turn two to clinch a heat nine victory as Lyon's men refused to buckle.
Lynn then surged into the lead for the first time in the contest with back-to-back maximums – Bjerre and Allen stunning the home crowd before Lynn's grand prix ace Bjerre preserved the visitors' slender two point overall lead in heat 13.
Korneliussen's win in the penultimate tour left Lynn only needing to avoid a 5-1 defeat but the Stars' number one and Korneliussen fired into turn one to shade the finale.
• Robins: Nicholls 12+1, Chrzanowski 3+1, Janowski 9, Stead 5+1, Sedgmen 3+1, Grajczonek 10+1.
• Stars: K Bjerre 13, Allen 9+2, Korneliussen 12, Iversen 7, Morris 7+3, Sitera 0.
Lynn's young Dane Lasse Bjerre notched a 12 point paid maximum in Ipswich's emphatic 63-27 win over Topinka's Workington at Foxhall. Bjerre junior was outshone by his Stars' club mate Morten Risager who pocketed a full four-ride maximum for a powerful home outfit featuring former Lynn favourites Kevin Doolan, Chris Schramm and Chris Mills. Topinka top scored for the visitors with a paid eight return.