Kings Lynn End Poole Run
Poole Pirates had their unbeaten record ended as they were downed 49-41 away at the impressive Kings Lynn Stars.
After a win for in-form number one Niels-Kristian Iversen gave the hosts a heat one 4-2, guesting reserve Richie Worrall combined with Mateusz Szczepaniak to strike a Stars maximum which extended their early lead to 6.
Good win for Chris Holder and guesting Artur Mroczka kept the visitors in touch, before Davey Watt, guesting for Darcy Ward at number one, got the better of Iversen, with reserve Ludvig Lindgren defeating Under 21 World Champion Maciej Janowski at the back to provide a Pirates heat advantage.
Yet after Iversen returned to winning ways to instigate another Kings Lynn 4-2 in heat 6, reserve Szczepaniak brilliantly held off GP star Chris Holder to move the Stars 8 points ahead.
Poole then reignited their chances, as Mroczka and British youngster Kyle Howarth gated superbly to score a 5-1 to halve the deficit to 4.
The meeting stayed extremely tight, as neither side were able to capitalise race wins into heat advantages.
However, after a string four level races, Poole surprisingly drew level thanks to guests Mroczka and Watt racing clear to a shock 5-1 over Iversen in heat 13.
Kings Lynn were desperate to get revenge for their devastating last heat defeat at Wimbourne Road earlier in the season, and they instantly struck back with a 5-1 of their own from Janowski and Howarth in the penultimate race of the night to ensure that they would take at least a draw.
A cracking heat 15 then wrapped up an excellent meeting in fitting style, with Iversen and Janowski majestically passing Holder on the line to give the Stars a 5-1 which provided a 49-41 victory and gave them all 3 Elite League points.
For Kings Lynn, it was an excellent team display, with Niels-Kristian Iversen (14) and Maciej Janowski (11+2) leading the way extremely well. At reserve, Mateusz Szczepaniak (10+5) proved to be a real trump card, performing superbly, whilst Richie Worrall (5) proved to be a good guest. Another guest, Lasse Bjerre (4+1) also did a decent job, whilst Daniel Nermark (5) did contribute despite not performing brilliantly. With every rider scoring at least paid 5, the Stars had enough to cover the absence of skipper Mads Korneliussen, and only 5 last places enabled them to end the unbeaten record for the Poole Pirates.
On the other hand, Poole were just not good enough throughout the whole team, and their lack of strength in depth cost them. Despite their injury problems, guests Davey Watt (10+1) and Artur Mroczka (13) did as well as Darcy Ward and Adrian Miedzinski probably would have done to support the superb Chris Holder (12). However, the remaining team members made minimal impact, with Ludvig Lindgren (4) the pick of the remaining riders. Although that display from Lindgren was OK, Kyle Howarth (2+1) and Ricky Kling (0) were both extremely disappointing, and as a result the Pirates fell short and lost for the first time in 2012.
Kings Lynn Stars – 49
1. Niels-Kristian Iversen – 3 2 3 2 1 3 = 14
2. Lasse Bjerre (G) – 1 1′ 1 1 = 4+1
3. Magic Janowski – 2 0 3 1′ 3 2′ = 11+2
4. Mads Korneliussen R/R
5. Daniel Nermark – 2 1 0 2 0 = 5
6. Mateusz Szczepaniak – 2′ 1′ 3 1′ 1′ 2′ = 10+5
7. Richie Worrall (G) – 3 EX 0 2 = 5
Poole Pirates – 41
1. Davey Watt (G) – 2 3 3 2′ 0 = 10+1
2. Dennis Andersson R/R
3. Chris Holder – 3 2 3 3 1 = 12
4. Ricky Kling – 0 0 0 = 0
5. Artur Mrockza (G) – 3 2 3 2 3 = 13
6. Ludvig Lindgren – 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 = 4
7. Kyle Howarth – 0 0 0 2′ 0 = 2+1
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