Sensational Darcy stings Wasps
YOUNG Aussie sensation Darcy Ward inspired Lynn to a first Premier Trophy South away win of the season on Monday as Lynn won 51-39 at NewportWard's stunning paid 20 return cemented Lynn's place at the top of the standings in the battle for the first trophy of the campaign.
YOUNG Aussie sensation Darcy Ward inspired Lynn to a first Premier Trophy South away win of the season on Monday as Lynn won 51-39 at Newport
Ward's stunning paid 20 return cemented Lynn's place at the top of the standings in the battle for the first trophy of the campaign.
The 16-year-old prodigy surpassed his memorable paid 18 haul from the club's midweek Saddlebow cruise over Scunthorpe on his first visit to the Welsh outpost.
Newport veteran Paul Fry denied the youngster a full house with a sharp heat 12 trap. Fry anchored an opening maximum but Ward wiped out the hosts' early advantage on the scoresheets in the reserve heat before Stars powered away.
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Skipper Tomas Topinka (paid 13) offered solid support alongside the breathtaking Ward.
The unstoppable teenager served notice with a dismissive heat two tour before Chris Schramm and Christian Henry squeezed Chris Kerr out of the frame with an impressive team ride.
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Emiliano Sanchez ducked inside Nick Simmons to chase home Ward in the next. Topinka held his nerve in a re-run heat five after James Holder and Jan Graversen collided exiting turn one. Holder needed lengthy treatment trackside before being helped back to the pits. Ward showed little sympathy to move Lynn four clear in the next.
The lone ranger reeled in Newport number one Mark Lemon down the back straight before edging Fry in a photo finish after Sanchez had been excluded for an initial spill.
Jordan Frampton briefly interrupted the visiting surge, only for Ward to post back to back flags.
Fry repelled Sanchez with Ward out of sight in heat eight. Ward then re-emerged to hunt down Kerr after missing the gate.
Schramm endured a painful heat 10 spill on the former Ipswich racer's return to his old stomping ground as Henry defied home duo Lemon and Fry. Topinka trapped to the next but Holder finally wore down Graversen in an entertaining duel for the minor point.
Lyon nominated Ward for a heat 12 reserve switch but the teenager deferred to the fast-gating Fry.
The all-action Sanchez drew a blank in the next after initially trapping ahead of Frampton and Lemon behind skipper Topinka.
Young showman Ward saved his best to last with a sub-59 second penultimate flag - leaving Topinka and Schramm to reprise their last heat double act to pocket a comprehensive win.
Wasps: Lemon 6+3, Fry 12+2, Kerr 4+1, Frampton 9, Holder 7+1, Simmons 1.
Stars: Topinka 13, Henry 5+1, Schramm 8+1, Sanchez 3+1, Graversen 2+1, Ward 20.
Lynn's National League squad capped a perfect Easter weekend with a National League KO Cup aggregate victory over rivals Mildenhall.
Jamie Smith's paid 17 at West Row helped secure a 46-46 draw yesterday after Good Friday's Norfolk Arena win to edge the two-legged tie 99-83.