Super Darcy inspires Stars
Glasgow 41 King's Lynn 49Darcy Ward inspired Lynn to another Premier League away day special at Glasgow.The Stars' World Under-21 finalist dropped only a point (paid 14) at Ashfield Stadium before backing up equally impressive skipper Tomas Topinka (paid 13) in the decisive finale.
Glasgow 41 King's Lynn 49
Darcy Ward inspired Lynn to another Premier League away day special at Glasgow.
The Stars' World Under-21 finalist dropped only a point (paid 14) at Ashfield Stadium before backing up equally impressive skipper Tomas Topinka (paid 13) in the decisive finale.
Lynn's powerful spearhead downed Tigers' Berwick guest William Lawson and James Grieves to clinch the four point road win that moved Rob Lyon's men within a point of league leaders Workington.
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Ward scorched to the opener - equalling the track record to signal Lynn's intent on their latest cross border mission.
Grieves dived inside Linus Eklof exiting turn two but the Swede repelled former Star Rusty Harrison in the battle for the minor spots.
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Glasgow hit back in a lengthy reserves' race after Kozza Smith had been excluded for clipping team mate Jan Graversen.
Lynn's outgunned Dane missed the break in the re-run but was inches from splitting the home duo after Lee Dicken's machine misfired on the final lap.
Emiliano Sanchez edged Lawson in a feisty heat three duel but Chris Schramm's engine failure gifted Glasgow a shared contest.
Topinka deferred to old sparring partner Steve Johnston in the next after the Tigers' guest proved too sharp from the gate.
Ward displayed his class with an all out bottom bend pass to fire around Lawson as Eklof settled for a watching brief to move Lynn within two on the early scoresheets.
Topinka powered into turn on to dictate heat six - team mate Smith too sharp for the out-of-sorts Harrison.
Somerset skipper Johnston replied in kind but Schramm kept the pressure on the Aussie with Sanchez a bystander.
Lyon's reserve switch paid dividends when Smith trapped to the next after replacing Graversen - the consistent Eklof driving wide to deny Harrison space.
Topinka pipped Lawson in a photo finish to the best race of the afternoon to trigger six second half shared heats on the spin.
Grieves held his nerve in a re-run heat ten after Sanchez was warned for jumping the start before Ward finally lowered compatriot Johnston's colours.
Smith and Sanchez double teamed Dicken to maintain Lynn's four point lead. Grieves inflicted a rare defeat on Ward in heat 13 but Topinka decisively fended off Johnston.
Smith incurred the wrath of the home fans after tangling with Lawson in the penultimate heat.
Both riders limped back to the pits but Smith's reprieve from the officials provoked a strong reaction from the Tigers' faithful in the home straight.
Lawson gated to the flag in the re-run but Smith held off Davey to preserve Lynn's lead - Topinka and Ward moving centre stage to close out the win in the finale.
Tigers: Grieves 10, Harrison 1, Lawson 13, Johnston 8, Davey 5+2, Dicken 4+2.
Stars: Ward 13+1, Eklof 4+1, Sanchez 6+3, Schramm 6, Topinka 12+1, Smith 7+1, Graversen 1.