Stars savage Stoke to cement top spot
Premier LeagueKing's Lynn 69 Stoke 23KING's Lynn savaged Stoke to cement their place at the top of the Premier League standings.The Potters left the Norfolk Arena safe in the knowledge the punishment was over for another season - barring a surprise play-off push.
King's Lynn 69 Stoke 23
KING's Lynn savaged Stoke to cement their place at the top of the Premier League standings.
The Potters left the Norfolk Arena safe in the knowledge the punishment was over for another season - barring a surprise play-off push.
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Rob Lyon's men hammered the visitors 69-21 in an early season Premier Trophy clash and looked odds on to crash through the magical 70-point mark before a belated fight back.
Redcar's Ty Proctor deputised in fine style for injured compatriot Darcy Ward (ankle) with a 12 point paid maximum.
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The Aussie also dropped a large hint he would relish a permanent 2010 spot at the Norfolk Arena during a trackside interview on his second successful Saddlebow outing of the year.
Stoke's cause was hardly helped by a freak accident to Klaus Jakobsen on the parade warm up laps - the Dane ruled out of the meeting after a heavy tumble.
Jakobsen headed to hospital for precautionary x-rays. No doubt his outgunned team mates would have preferred a similar trip to A&E to this fresh humiliation.
Proctor's smooth trap in the opener set the tone but Linus Eklof had it all on to repel man in black Jason Bunyan.
Kozza Smith served up a repeat of his opening ride in last week's Premier Trophy semi success against Workington - a sluggish gate the precursor to a fearsome turn two thrust.
Lynn's National League racer Darren Mallett earned an extra guest ride in the next for the departed Jakobsen but Emiliano Sanchez swept around the outside.
Tomas Topinka reduced heat four to a procession before Sanchez's smart in to out lines nullified Bunyan's forlorn tactical raid.
Mallett used home track knowledge to briefly head Proctor. Topinka dictated the next but Smith cast a worried glance downwards at his machine after securing another home max - later diagnosed as a burnt clutch.
The excellent Jan Graversen and Eklof pick pocketed Jesper Kristiansen exiting turn two as Lynn moved 28 points clear at halfway.
Potters' skipper Complin split Proctor and Eklof for a pyrrhic tactical success to halt the home barrage in heat 10.
Smith wound it on around the outside to slingshot past Topinka who happily settled for team riding duties - then deferred to the Aussie in the celebratory wheelie stakes.
Mallett played hard ball with Sanchez exiting turn four in the next but the Argentine prevailed.
Smith and Schramm conjured a tandem team ride in the penultimate but Complin pinched Stoke's first flag of the night in the finale.
Lynn's consolation was to open up a three point lead at the top of the Premier League summit after nearest challengers Birmingham slipped to a surprise 46-44 home defeat against Glasgow.
Stars: Proctor 11+1, Eklof 6+2, Sanchez 10+2, Schramm 8+2, Topinka 13+1, Smith 11+1, Graversen 10+2.
Potters: Bunyan 5, Kristiansen 1, Complin 10, Morris 1, Mallett 3, Madsen 3.