Too good and too strong Stars
King's Lynn 64 Glasgow 29LYNN cemented Premier League top spot at the Norfolk Arena.Rob Lyon's septet had too much strength for Shane Parker's Tigers to preserve Lynn's four point lead over title rivals Birmingham.
King's Lynn 64, Glasgow 29
LYNN cemented Premier League top spot at the Norfolk Arena.
Rob Lyon's septet had too much strength for Shane Parker's Tigers to preserve Lynn's four point lead over title rivals Birmingham.
The Brummies beat Rye House 58-36 at Perry Barr to keep the pressure on the Stars in what now looks a two-horse race, third placed Sheffield a massive 10 points adrift.
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Ex-Norfolk Arena favourite Parker had the consolation prize of blitzing Tomas Topinka's bid for consecutive Saddlebow maximums in the finale.
Parker also downed Darcy Ward in an opening heat battle that pitched master and apprentice together.
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Excellent Lynn guest Chris Kerr was immediately on the gas to back up Jan Graversen in the reserves. Chris Schramm and Emiliano Sanchez produced a trademark heat three double act - Schramm trapping to allow Sanchez to swing round the outside.
Topinka looked in the mood to carry on where he left off against Edinburgh last week - saving the customary mid-race wheelies to herald his arrival at the finish line.
Sanchez then bravely attempted to nullify Parker's tactical foray in heat five - surging past on the penultimate bend before Parker got the run out of the final corner.
Mitchell Davey wiped out Linus Eklof after picking up drive exiting turn two in the next. The Swede re-emerged on his spare bike as Ward scorched to the re-run in a time barely two tenths off his 2009 best.
William Lawson pick-pocketed Kerr to punish the American for driving wide out of turn four.
Kerr made amends in double quick time with a spare ride to replace the battered Eklof in the next. Lynn's reserve emphatically anchored a home maximum to move the hosts 15 clear at half way.
Tactical raider James Grieves trapped ahead of Schramm but the home racer held his inside line, forcing Grieves wide - Sanchez capitalising to drift into Schramm's slipstream.
Ward's routine heat 10 flag on the restart triggered a second half landslide. Kerr edged Parker in a last bend duel to delight another large Saddlebow crowd. Sanchez reduced heat 12 to an early victory parade, although the battling Lawson kept Graversen in check.
Parker had no answer to Ward and Topinka in a high class heat 13 but the old stager turned up the heat in a heavyweight finale.
Topinka made the early running before Parker swept clear, only for Ward to take up the baton with a high octane top bend pass to exact sweet revenge for his defeat in the opener.
Stars: Ward 13+1, Eklof 3+1, Sanchez 11, Schramm 8+3, Topinka 13, Kerr 9+2, Graversen 7+1.
Tigers: Parker 12, Grajczonek 3, Lawson 7, Conda 0, Grieves 5, Davey 1, Dicken 1.