Swindon 43, King’s Lynn 47

Niels-Kristian Iversen was in majestic form last night as Lynn kept themselves in the thick of things at the top end of the Elite League with a 47-43 win in the west country.

A 12-point haul helped the Stars to victory after they had quickly steadied the ship following a sticky start and coped with the early injury withdrawl of Mads Korneliussen in heat seven.

A maximum defeat in the opener was wiped out by heat four and from then on Lynn were never behind. It took them a while to shake off the Robins, though, and it wasn't until heat 13 that they opened any sort of a gap, a maximum by Iversen and Rory Schlein, guesting for the injured Kenneth Bjerre, putting the Stars 41-37 ahead.

A 4-2 success in the penultimate race meant Lynn were guaranteed the win before a 4-2 reverse in the final heat of the night.

Lynn moved within a point of leaders Poole with their latest away win - further evidence according to team boss Rob Lyon the club was right to take the top-flight plunge.

Lynn moved up from the Premier League after dominating speedway's second tier for the past six years and the Norfolk club now look well set to feature in the end-of-season play-off battle following an impressive return to the big time.

'It was the right thing to do,' said Lyon. 'I think the club made the right decision. Everyone was ready for it. I know a few supporters were unhappy about the step up and wanted Premier League, but the club as a whole, as a business, had to take the decision to go up. So far it has proved the right one. Commercially, you look at the crowd again in the last meeting and it's very healthy. The racing as well is better, the riders are the best quality. It might not be the best league in the world but, even so, every rider who comes here is capable of having a go.'

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Lynn host Swindon at Saddlebow next week looking to complete a rapid fire league double.

'I think we are hitting form at the right time,' said Lyon. 'The team looks fairly balanced. We have some young guys like Lasse (Bjerre) who are still learning. He will make mistakes, but the important thing is that he is learning and not making the same mistakes. He is getting experience all the time.

'We have no pressure on us to win away from home. Providing we can win all our home matches it is in our hands to reach the play-offs. I think we can pick points up away from home and if we do it takes some of that pressure off at home. We have Swindon at home next and that will be tough.

'Wolverhampton came here recently and they were bottom at the time, but I knew it would be a tough meeting. It was, and Swindon will be exactly the same. They have got some good riders in their team. I'm sure it will go down to the last couple of races again, but the key for us is a win by six points or more.'

Robins: Richardson 11, Monberg 4+3, Janowski 7+1, Klindt 5+1, Stead 7, Smith 6, Gathercole 3.

Stars: Schlein 10+1, Howe 3, Allen 10, Korneliussen 0, Iversen 12, Sitera 7+3, Masters 5+1.