Lynn go top of the table
Premier LeagueKing's Lynn 57 Redcar 38KING's Lynn powered to the top of the early season Premier League standings at the Norfolk Arena.Rob Lyon's men completed a rapid league double after a 54-38 away success 24 hours earlier on Teeside.
King's Lynn 57 Redcar 38
KING's Lynn powered to the top of the early season Premier League standings at the Norfolk Arena.
Rob Lyon's men completed a rapid league double after a 54-38 away success 24 hours earlier on Teeside.
Kozza Smith sat out the return having battled through the pain barrier to race in the north east just days after damaging his hip in a televised Elite League shunt at Coventry.
Lyon admitting before last night's clash the luckless Smith must now re-gain full fitness after being dogged by injuries during the first part of the season.
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The Aussie will also miss his country's World U21 team cup semi final this weekend in a bid to put himself back in the frame for Sheffield's Norfolk Arena visit next week.
“With regards to Kozza it is very hard to tell any rider he must sit out when they are so keen to ride,” said Lyon. “Kozza is such a tough lad so I gave him the benefit of the doubt (at Redcar). Fortunately the other six riders in the team were doing so well that on this occasion we could afford to make that mistake. Next time I will think about the decision twice as hard.”
Lynn tracked Darren Mallett in Smith's absence but the result was never in doubt at their home fortress - despite Ty Proctor's hugely impressive paid 16 haul for the Bears.
The 22-year-old Aussie inflicted a rare defeat on younger compatriot Darcy Ward before repeating the punishment in the finale.
Lynn were well out of sight following their traditional blistering Saddlebow start - Tomas Topinka reducing the opener to a procession.
Mallett swept inside the Bears' duo to chase down Jan Graversen before Emiliano Sanchez worked over Ben Wilson.
Ward re-emerged after a 15 minute delay for the setting sun to inflict Proctor's only reverse of the night.
Sanchez took the ring road around Robbie Kessler but Gary Havelock used all his experience to hold off the Argentine exiting the final turn.
A fast-learning Proctor stunned Topinka and Lynn's new Swedish recruit Linus Eklof to stem the home onslaught.
Ward produced a classy in to out pass which did for Carl Stonehewer down the home straight before the veteran deferred to team mate Wilson on a tactical surge.
Kessler's bottom bend tumble gifted Lynn a fourth maximum to move 18 clear at half way.
Proctor wrecked Chris Schramm's bid for a full house before Havelock hunted down Mallett on the restart with Ward over the horizon.
Stonehewer repelled Sanchez in a photo finish to heat 12 with Graversen holding off Benji Compton in behind prior to his last bend spill.
Proctor evened the score in his personal duel with Ward before a winner-takes-all victory in the finale between the Aussie young bloods.