Stars off bottom spot with first away win for almost two years

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King’s Lynn’s first away win in almost two years saw them move off the foot of the Rowe Motor Oil Premiership table.The PSH Environmental Stars were 47-43 victors at Birmingham as they secured three league points to leapfrog their opponents.Inspired guest selections Rohan Tungate and Adam Ellis both scored double figures and got the job done in a last-heat decider as Rob Lyon’s side extended their unbeaten run to four meetings in all competitions.Tungate and Benjamin Basso got the Stars off to a dream start in the opener as they got a 5-1 over last year’s World No.2 Freddie Lindgren who was making his home debut for the Brummies.The hosts hit back instantly with a maximum of their own before a couple of 3-3s kept the scores level with four races gone.Tungate and Basso again put the Stars ahead in Heat Five, this time with a 4-2 before the pendulum began to swing in opposite directions.Firstly, Birmingham landed another 5-1 with Jan Kvech and Patrick Wojdylo bettered by Lindgren and Tom Brennan to move them ahead by two – but the Stars regained the two-point lead in Heat Seven with Ellis and Niels-Kristian Iversen riding a solid opening lap. The Brummies retook the lead themselves with another 5-1 in Heat Eight and narrowly held the advantage until after Heat Ten following a couple more shared races. But successive 4-2s, firstly another from Tungate and Basso and then Ellis and Wojdylo, saw the Stars move 37-35 ahead with three to go.Tungate maintained his unbeaten night by taking the flag in Heat 13 after a good early battle with Lindgren before Anders Rowe and Iversen tucked in for the minor places in Heat 14 to leave the Stars with a slender advantage.Lyon put his faith in his two guest bookings and Tungate got off to a flying start to leave them well-placed. But as Ellis was mounting a challenge for third, a collision with homeman Brennan sent him tumbling into the fence.SCB referee Mick Bates disqualified the Birmingham racer and the Stars were awarded the victory. Boss Lyon said: “I wouldn’t say it’s a pivotal moment but an important result because had Birmingham turned the tables the other way, there would’ve been a bit of a gap between us.“We got all three points which is great and it was a great team performance again. “Everyone is doing their job pretty much and it makes a big difference.”King’s Lynn now prepare for their Knockout Cup Semi-Final decider at Sheffield on Thursday.Birmingham 43: Fredrik Lindgren 10, Piotr Pawlicki 8, Leon Flint 7+2, Tom Brennan 6+1, Justin Sedgmen 5+1, Wiktor Lampart 5, Steve Worrall 2+1.King’s Lynn 47: Rohan Tungate 14+1, Adam Ellis 10+1, Niels-Kristian Iversen 6+3, Benjamin Basso 6, Jan Kvech 6, Anders Rowe 4+1, Patryk Wojdylo 1.King’s Lynn win the aggregate point 96-84.

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