Rain brings Grand Slam closer
Scunthorpe 45 King's Lynn 27(Meeting abandoned after 12 heats due to a waterlogged track. Result stands, Lynn win 97-65 on aggregate)KING's Lynn's grand slam dreams moved a step closer last night after booking a Premier League KO Cup final spot against old foes Edinburgh.
Scunthorpe 45 King's Lynn 27
(Meeting abandoned after 12 heats due to a waterlogged track. Result stands, Lynn win 97-65 on aggregate)
KING's Lynn's grand slam dreams moved a step closer last night after booking a Premier League KO Cup final spot against old foes Edinburgh.
The champions' crushing Norfolk Arena first leg win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday turned this semi-final, second leg into a dead rubber - even before the wet weather intervened.
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Heavy showers prior to the parade swept across the Lincolnshire track and continued throughout an abbreviated meeting.
Edinburgh are now all that stand between Lynn and a clean sweep of speedway's second tier this season after Rob Lyon's men recently dethroned the Scottish raiders to win the Premier League and Premier Trophy.
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Scunthorpe regained some pride by building up a 45-27 lead before the elements intervened - but there was never the slightest doubt that the visitors would be going through.
Former Norfolk Arena guest David Howe inflicted Darcy Ward's first defeat in Stars' colours since the Aussie was crowned World U21 champion.
Jan Graversen headed the one time Elite League racer from the traps but Howe dipped back inside.
Graversen claimed the reserves from Ritchie Hawkins as the rain pelted down again - Linus Eklof well off the pace in the rear.
Simon Lambert flew from trap three to power into turn one ahead of Lynn's dependable second string before Stars' guest Ty Proctor opened his account to prolong the spate of shared heats.
Ward returned to the winners' enclosure in heat five when Magnus Karlsson ran wide around the bottom bend.
Howe anchored the opening maximum for the hosts with Lambert a solid support act. Jerran Hart wound it on around the outside to reel in Chris Schramm before Carl Wilkinson drove inside - Schramm's miserable heat ending with a spill.
Graversen was excluded in the next after sliding in the treacherous conditions to gift the hosts a third maximum on the bounce.
Eklof pocketed his solitary point of the meeting when Lambert trundled to a halt behind Karlsson in heat nine.
Schramm hit the deck again in heat ten with the second leg descending into farce as Howe maintained his unbeaten run. Ward showed his class to defy Hawkins and the slippery track in the best duel of the night behind Wilkinson.
Lambert then brought proceedings to an early finish with a brave attack inside Sanchez to recover a modicum of pride for the hosts.
Scorpions: Howe 9, Lambert 9+2, Karlsson 5, Wilkinson 10+1, Hart 6+1, Hawkins 6+2.
Stars: Ward 7, Sanchez 7+1, Schramm 2, Proctor 6, Eklof 1+1, Graversen 4+1.