Somerset Rebels lose top spot with defeat at Kings Lynn

PUBLISHED: 14:12 01 August 2018

Jack Hoder celebrates a heat win for Somerset Rebels in the home success over Poole Pirates. Picture COLIN BURNETT

Jack Hoder celebrates a heat win for Somerset Rebels in the home success over Poole Pirates. Picture COLIN BURNETT 2018

The Somerset Rebels lost top spot in the league after being defeated by King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

After a promising start, the Cases Rebels found themselves surrendering an eight-point advantage as King’s Lynn hit back in Norfolk to not only register a 49-41 victory, but also cause the Rebels to lose pole position in the SGB Premiership League table.”

A disappointed Garry May said: “To start like we did and then to come away with nothing is hard to swallow. That is not to say that King’s Lynn didn’t deserve the win as they hit back at us very strongly, but we had a couple of passengers tonight and you can’t afford that in this league.”

With Lynn’s skipper Robert Lambert storming to a five ride maximum, the Rebels’ stand-in captain, Richard Lawson, struggled to get among the points in each of his three rides.

Guest for the night Max Fricke, deputising for injured number one Jason Doyle, battled hard for his paid nine return, while Jack Holder had to recover from a 15-metre handicap in his first race, on his way to a paid 11 return for the night.

Reserves Jake Allen and Nico Covatti easily won the battle of the basement berths, but with Ty Proctor and Thomas Jorgensen ably backing up Lambert’s unbeaten performance, victory prevailed for the Stars banking a 5-1 in the last heat to send the Rebels home pointless.

On the same night, Swindon picked up three home points against Wolverhampton to overhaul the Rebels at the top of the table.

The two leading clubs met at the Oak Tree Arena last night (Wednesday), with just a point separating them although the Rebels have three matches in hand on their Wiltshire rivals. Once again Somerset will be without the services of injured Jason Doyle and Rory Schlein will cover.

Somerset: J Holder 10+1 (1,2,2,3,2,0), N Covatti 9+1 (2,2,2,1,2), M Fricke 8+1 (3,1,2,1,1), J Allen 6+3 (3,1,1,1), A Summers 4 (1,1,2), B Wilson-Dean 4+3 (2,0,1,1), R. Lawson 0 (0,0,0).

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