Topinka returns as Lynn go top

King’s Lynn cruised to the top of the Premier League at the Norfolk Arena, thrashing Berwick 64-30.

King’s Lynn cruised to the top of the Premier League at the Norfolk Arena, thrashing Berwick 64-30.

Tomas Topinka led his troops from the front on his long awaited return from a broken leg sustained against Rye House earlier in the campaign.

Linus Eklof and Joe Haines were also back in the fold after recent lay-offs as Lyon’s men hammered out an ominous warning to their title rivals.

The treble winners look in the mood to retain their crown after battering Berwick for the second time in a week following back-to-back road wins.


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Topinka the showman hunted down compatriot Adrian Rymel in the opener whilst Haines settled for a more sedate tour on his Stars’ comeback.

Casper Wortmann made light of his late arrival to shadow Darren Mallett in the reserves for the first of a home maximum blitz.

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The Dane arrived via Amsterdam and Stansted with just minutes to spare after missing his scheduled flight due to delays caused by a car crash en route in his homeland.

Kozza Smith carried on where he had left off on Lynn’s northern tour, with Eklof happy to ride pillion. Wortmann took the ring road but settled for third behind the battling Michal Makovsky as Kevin Doolan opened his account to move Lynn ten clear.

Rymel hit back with a timely tactical raid forged on a sublime gate from the outside before sweeping across to head Eklof and Smith.

Haines claimed the next in 60 seconds dead, with Makovsky enduring a rare pointless outing around Saddlebow. Mallett was forced to take emergency action onto the inner concrete in heat seven after Dakota North flirted with the fence exiting the final turn.

The kamikaze Aussie needed no second invitation to pounce in the next when Wortmann drove team mate Haines wide into turn two. Smith trapped like a man fresh from double digit scores on the road to restore normal service for the hosts on the cusp of the interval.

Rymel took on allcomers in heat 11 - first repelling Mallett before defying Doolan to inflict the stand-in captain’s only reverse of the night.

Wortmann glided around the bottom boards to relegate Smith to role of bridesmaid before deferring to the unwanted attentions of British finalist Paul Clews in the final metres.

Doolan gatecrashed a Czech love in to head Topinka and his countrymen Rymel and Makovsky.

Clews landed a minor tactical success when Mallett overcooked it exiting turn two in the penultimate tour.

But Doolan and Topinka served up synchronised speedway to nudge Lynn through the 60 point mark in the finale - Lynn’s skipper raising a contented fist over the finish line in celebration.

Stars: Topinka 11+4, Haines 8, Smith 8+1, Eklof 9+2, Doolan 14, Mallet 5+1, Wortmann 9+1

Bandits: Rymel 12, Andersen 0, Clews 6, Makovsky 3, Mudgway 2, North 7.

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