Dramatic last heat victory for the Rebels
PUBLISHED: 13:51 06 June 2018
Somerset Rebels recorded a dramatic last heat victory to take the side into the play-off places.
King’s Lynn Stars 44
Somerset Rebels 46
Somerset’s wizards from Oz Jason Doyle and Jack Holder left King’s Lynn star-struck with a dramatic heat 15 winning ride to propel the Rebels back into a play-off position in the table.
Claiming maximum points over flying Brit Robert Lambert - who had smartly won his opening three rides to maintain his impressive Adrian Flux Arena form - and his fellow double figure scorer Lewis Kerr, the Rebels put behind them the disappointing away defeat at Swindon 48 hours earlier.
While Holder and Doyle were the true stars on the night, it was Jake Allen who ended Lambert’s run, heading off every move that the GB international threw at him to make during heat 10 after he had first split got past Doyle.
The resulting 4-2 advantage to the visitors was immediately negated when home track expert Lewis Kerr and partner Ty Proctor produced a similar score for the home side.
But two heats later hero Holder stepped up with a penultimate race victory with Kiwi Wilson-Dean just unable to hold out the interests of Proctor, so just a brace separated the sides going into the finale.
Perfect starts for the Rebels in the last-heat decider put them in the driving seat and Holder held his nerve to keep out the rampant Lambert and deny the Stars any glory on the night.
Team boss Garry May was pumped with the result admitting: “We battled well all night and were making better starts which ultimately was the key factor.
“When it mattered we kept our nerve at the end and we will be enjoying the long journey home much more than we enjoyed the shorter one from Wiltshire on Monday.”
Somerset 46: J Holder 13+1, J Doyle 12, R Lawson 7+1, C Wright 6+2, J Allen 5, B Wilson-Dean 3, R.Kinsley (G) 0.