Thursday September 22, 2022
RESULT and scorers from Thursday’s Premiership match at the Adrian Flux Arena;

TEAM boss Alex Brady “couldn’t have asked for any more” as King’s Lynn warmed up for the Premiership League Cup final with a scintillating 63-27 bashing of Wolverhampton.

The Minors & Brady Stars won 14 out of 15 races to create a buoyant atmosphere on the night that dates for the final versus SGB Premiership table-toppers Sheffield were announced.

King’s Lynn will travel to Owlerton for the first leg next Thursday, September 29, with the decisive home leg taking place at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday, October 3 (both 7.30).

And it was not the only noteworthy date as Richie Worrall kicked off his birthday celebrations a day early with a hard-fought paid maximum.

Number one Nicolai Klindt had threatened to go through the card before finally having his colours lowered in heat 15 and although the meeting was won with a 5-1 in heat 11, the Stars did not let up and racked up another three maximums in a row to get the crowd, and Brady, purring.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more, we were excellent from heat one and maintained it, something that has been a bit of a problem for us throughout the season,” said Brady.

“We have started meetings well before being a bit indifferent in the middle and then going well towards the end, this time we carried the momentum all the way through and it was really pleasing to see.

“I was a bit gutted that Nicolai missed out on his maximum but it was a really good night which stands us in good stead for next week.

“Picko (Josh Pickering) summed it up on the back of the parade truck, it was just fun with all seven riders chipping in together with smiles on their faces. The track was spot on, the crowd was noisy and it was one of those nights that you just wish could happen every week.

“If we can replicate this performance up at Sheffield, where we have gone quite well both times, then again here we have every reason to believe we are capable of lifting the cup.”

Wolves were effectively blown away in the space of three races as the Stars raced into a 10-point lead, including a 5-1 from guest reserve Ryan Kinsley in heat 2 as he teamed up with Frederik Jakobsen.

Skipper Josh Pickering and Worrall kept the ball rolling in the next race before a brilliant ride by Wolverhampton’s Nick Morris to re-pass Richard Lawson.

That turned out to be the only real high spot of the night for the visitors, though. Richie’s brother Steve Worrall fell in heat 5 as he tried to get to grips with Pickering, with Klindt then producing a classy effort to get the better of Morris from the back in heat 6.

Wolves pegged their deficit at 14 points midway through the meeting but the Stars kicked on in the closing stages and didn’t give their opponents a sniff.

Pickering and Worrall roared to a 5-1 over Morris in heat 9 and while Luke Becker split Klindt and Thomas Jorgensen in the next, the closing stages were all one-way traffic.

Wolves were unfortunate in heat 11 when Masters ran wide and pulled up with Lawson duly taking advantage to bank a 5-1 with Jakobsen, the first of four successive King’s Lynn maximums.

Jakobsen replaced Kinsley, who was troubled by a shoulder injury, in heat 12 and joined Pickering for a 5-1 over Becker, then Klindt and Lawson held back the challenge of Masters and Morris in the next.

Heat 14 saw an emphatic maximum from Jakobsen and Worrall ahead of Ryan Douglas, meaning the Stars had already hit 60 points prior to heat 15.

The run of 5-1s did come to an end but while Klindt was denied a full maximum with a last place, Worrall defeated Masters and Becker to complete his own unbeaten night.

KING’S LYNN 63: Frederik Jakobsen 16+1, Richie Worrall 12+3, Nicolai Klindt 12, Josh Pickering 9+1, Richard Lawson 6+2, Thomas Jorgensen 6, Ryan Kinsley 2+1.

WOLVERHAMPTON 27: Nick Morris 6, Luke Becker 5+2, Sam Masters 5, Steve Worrall 5, Ryan Douglas 4, Leon Flint 2+1, Drew Kemp 0.

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