SPEEDWAY: A heavily depleted King’s Lynn Stars side went down to rampant reigning champions outfit Wolverhampton Wolves on Wedesday.
The Stars, missing reserve pairing Simon Lambert (injury) Kai Huckenbeck (GP qualifier) and heat leader Nicklas Porsing (injury) tried hard to keep the Wolves at bay, but strength in depth eventually took its toll.
Lynn’s Aussie duo Chris Holder and Troy Batchelor were the only Stars to shine on a bad night for the team.
“Fast” Freddie Lindgren lived up to his name as he powered to 11 points from his four programme rides, He was backed up well by the .returning Rory Schlein who helped himself to 8+3.
It was a night that Stars fans and team manager Dale Allitt will need to quickly forget as they make the long journey to Somerset tonight.
Allitt felt King’s Lynn were victims of circumstance as Wolverhampton cruised to a 54-36 win at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Huckenbeck and Lambert, had scored 13 between them against Swindon in their last home outing, before Porsing was forced to drop out.
The hosts were up against
it from the off as Wolves took heat advantages from six straight races to lead by 14 after eight.
Even the stubborn resistance of Holder and Batchelor was not enough to prevent the return leg at Monmore Green on Monday, June 26 becoming mission impossible.
“You don’t go into any meeting wanting to lose regardless of the situation,” said Allitt.
“It was very hard.
“Losing a couple of riders in a couple of days didn’t help, nor did the rules and regulations which made us use riders on Championship averages at this level.
“That limited us massively.
“We missed the reserve power we had against Swindon.
“Simon and Kai were big losses at the worst possible time. We had our weakest team of the season available to face the best team in the league.
“You have to take the positives out of it, though.
“Chris continues to get better and better which is good to see, while Troy had another good night too.”
The Stars have little time to recover with a trip to Somerset in the Premiership at 7.30pm.
KING’S LYNN 36: Troy Batchelor 12, Chris Holder 10+2, Lewis Rose 5, Robert Lambert 4, Carl Wilkinson 4, Jake Knight 1, Nicklas Porsing R/R.