STARS 55 WOLVERHAMPTON 35

Thursday July 14, 2022
TEAM boss Alex Brady dedicated King’s Lynn’s biggest victory for nearly three years to the club’s fans after presiding over a 55-35 demolition of Wolverhampton.

The Minors and Brady Stars set the tone from the outset with a pair of maximums that was backed up by another in Heat 4, reserve Thomas Jorgensen celebrating his 30th birthday in style by getting the better of Nick Morris for second behind skipper Josh Pickering.

Wolves had to wait until Heat 9 to claw back any points, by which time the meeting was as good as over with the Stars ahead 34-14 after eight races.

Richard Lawson claimed four chequered flags en route to top scoring with a sweet 16 and Jorgensen’s post-meeting cake, presented to him in front of his adoring fans after the birthday bumps, could not have tasted any better than a six-ride 14+3 – dropping just one point to an opponent.

King’s Lynn last scored 55 on August 22, 2019, at home to Belle Vue, and last bettered that when beating Ipswich 57-33 on August 5 that year.

And although the win gave Brady plenty of headline makers to pick from, his first thought was for the supporters, particularly after a tough time at Belle Vue on Monday.

“Thank you so much for sticking with us,” he said.

“The past month has been a tricky time for us as a club, and for the riders as well, but your support has been so important. Hopefully we repaid a bit of that and we can continue to do that for the rest of the season.

“It was much needed. Monday was a very tough night, I wanted to be anywhere other than in front of those cameras after four heats and it was really important to get back to winning ways. To do it so emphatically with everyone having a pretty much perfect night was very pleasing.

“We know Josh is nigh-on impossible to stop around here at times so going with him alongside Richie (Worrall) in heat one paid dividends. They complement each other’s style well.

“The reserves went well in heat two and from there we never looked back. That was all part of the plan and Thomas made my life very easy as well with a fantastic display at reserve. All in all it was a very good night.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

Stars got off to a flyer with three 5-1s in the first four races, including a super 5-1 from Jorgensen and Rising Star Jason Edwards in Heat 2, and the Dane then combined with Pickering to see off Nick Morris in Heat 4.

The Stars were rampant with Lawson taking back-to-back wins in Heats 5 and 6, before the Pickering-Jorgensen duo slammed in another 5-1 to put the home side into a remarkable 31-11 lead.

Wolves began to peg things from that point, assisted by mechanical trouble for Lewis Kerr in Heat 9 which handed Drew Kemp third place and a fall for Pickering on the last lap of Heat 11 when he seemed set for another 5-1 alongside Jorgensen.

Morris became the most prominent Wolves performer and he backed up his win over Lawson in Heat 9 with another in Heat 12 and took 13 whilst Pickering recovered from his fall to pass Steve Worrall for third place.

It all meant the visitors were making no headway in terms of attempting to secure a league point and their chances were over with two races remaining, Kerr working hard in Heat 14 to split Douglas and Leon Flint.

The final race was a cracker with Lawson and Jorgensen eventually emerging with a 5-1 after Morris locked up on the final bend with Jorgensen taking full advantage whilst Douglas laid down the bike to avoid colliding with his colleague.

Victory moves the Stars off the foot of the table and back above Peterborough, who were beaten at Sheffield.

Next up is the Premiership Pairs Round 4 at Wolverhampton on Monday before the whole team head to Monmore Green for a league fixture against Wolves on Monday, July 25 (both 7.30).

KING’S LYNN 55: Richard Lawson 16, Thomas Jorgensen 14+3, Richie Worrall 10+1, Josh Pickering 9+2, Jason Edwards 3+2, Lewis Kerr 3, Niels Kristian Iversen r/r.
WOLVERHAMPTON 35: Nick Morris 13, Ryan Douglas 11, Steve Worrall 6+1, Leon Flint 3+1, Luke Becker 1+1, Drew Kemp 1, Sam Masters r/r.



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