Lewis Bridger (blue) marked his return from retirement with a paid-five score for the Stars.Pictures: IAN BURT.

SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn team manager Peter Schroeck declared himself content after a late flurry from the Minors & Brady Stars denied derby rivals Ipswich all four points in the Premiership season opener at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday.

The Stars had found themselves 16 points down after nine heats but recovered to go down by only four points – 47-43.

A rainbow heralds the return of speedway and main stand steward Terry Thomas was in position to ensure things ran smoothly.

Big hitters Craig Cook and Erik Riss laboured in wet conditions following a downpour an hour before tapes up.

That led to the start of the meeting being delayed until after 8pm and the hosts must have thought Lady Luck had abandoned them.

Ty Proctor went through the tapes in heat one with replacement Lewis Bridger judged to have crossed the white line and excluded from the re-run.

Thomas Jorgensen led the fightback with some stellar blasts around the outside but three Ipswich 5-1s put Lynn well and truly on the back foot, with Witches reserve Anders Rowe in scintillating form.

A Stars 5-1 was then wiped out when Lewis Kerr suffered a problem and Jorgensen’s engine failed in the run up to the line, allowing Danny King to sweep in for the chequered flag in heat nine.

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Cook and Riss then came to the party and did not drop another point to an opponent in their final three heats and the gap was closed sufficiently by three Stars 5-1s to send Ipswich home with three rather than four points.

“I feel like they went away with nothing in the end, even though they got the win,” said Schroeck.

“That extra point was important to me and it could  make all the difference in the end.

“They came to the party a little bit earlier than we did, particularly from a gating point of view and from there it was a lottery out there because the track was difficult at first.

“The boys started to find the right set-ups and we got there in the end so I am quite pleased overall.

Lewis Kerr and Thomas Jorgensen on their way to a 5-1 in heat 14 as the Minors & Brady Stars launched a late recovery to save a point on Monday.

“We were unlucky with Lewis being in front and getting a puncture, I think we had every problem you could get.

“That was why I put Cookie and Erik back into heat 15. We need three heat leaders who are going to do the business for me and the confidence was quite high with those three by the end.”

Stars 43: Craig Cook 11, Erik Riss 10+2, Thomas Jorgensen 10, Lewis Kerr 5+1, Lewis Bridger 4+1, Ty Proctor 2, Ryan Kinsley 1+1.

Witches 47: Anders Rowe 12+2, Danny King 12, Jason Crump 7+1, Cameron Heeps 6+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 6+1, Drew Kemp 4+1, Nicolai Klindt r/r.