SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn Stars slipped out of the Knockout Cup at Wolverhampton on Monday, but not without giving their hosts a tough battle.

The Stars lost 48-42 on the night, 102-78 on aggregate after suffering a home battering.

Despite missing influential captain Robert Lambert after his crash at Newcastle, Lynn dug deep and at one point led the meeting by six points.

New No.1 Troy Batchelor led the way with a brilliant 13 points and he was backed up by Lewis Rose 9+1 and Chris Holder 8.

But the Wolves’ top order strength showed with Freddie Lindgren and Sam Masters in fine form.

New Stars reserve Danny Ayres helped himself to a promising 4+2 in his first meeting for the club since joining after being released by Leicester.

The 30-year-old will share the No.7 role with currently injured Simon Lambert.

Team boss Dale Allitt said: “When we saw Leicester had let Danny go, it didn’t take us too long to decide we wanted him at The Adrian Flux Arena.

“Danny’s points didn’t reflect his efforts at all for Leicester but we feel he can showcase his talents with us at King’s Lynn.

“He’s a truly dedicated racer who loves his speedway and I think he’ll be a hit with the fans as well.

“He’s a true showman who engages with the supporters, his celebrations are entertaining to say the least and I think he’ll enjoy himself as part of our club.

“Danny is spending plenty of time on the bike as he rides for Redcar in the Championship and Cradley in the National League.”

Wednesday’s Premiership match at Belle Vue was postponed due to a poor weather forecast.

Stars at Wolves: Batchelor 13, Jorgensen 6+1, Huckenbeck 2+1, Lambert r/r, Holder 8, Rose 9+1, Ayres 4+2.