SPEEDWAY: STOKE Easy Rider Potters extended their unbeaten home league record with a convincing 55-38 defeat of Kings Lynn in an incident-packed meeting at Loomer Road on Saturday, writes NEIL EVANS.
The meeting was littered with some fine racing highlighted by a superb maximum for Jan Staechmann, some tenacious racing from Kings Lynn's Shaun Tacey, who had one of his more influential Loomer Road meetings, and a number of refereeing decisions that caused discon-tent in the visiting camp.
Heavy rain through much of the day had left the track heavy early on and it was the visitors who made the better start and led 8-4 after two races.
Stoke hit back in the next through Robbie Kessler and Alan Mogridge, who had a hard-fought battle with Kevin Doolan which led to some heated words - and more - after the race had ended.
There was little between the two sides at the halfway stage before Stoke stepped up a gear and exerted some authority as the track dried out. Heat nine was a turning point as referee Ronnie Allen excluded Tom P Madsen for exceeding the two-minute time allowance that the Dane had earlier been fined for delaying the start, and Stoke banged in a 5-1 from Mogridge and Kessler.
Stoke pushed on and notched two further maximum heat wins before Staechmann completed his full house by taking Tacey from the back in heat 15.
'I don't think we'd have expected to rack up 55 points early on and Kings Lynn put up a terrific effort right through.
'It takes two teams to make for a good meeting and they certainly came here with a positive attitude and made us fight all the way,' said Potters team manager Nigel Crabtree.
'There was a bit of aggravation and a bit of controversy, but plenty of good racing for the supporters of both sides and people will go home with plenty to talk about.
'It was important to continue to win at home and I thought all the lads gave us everything they had. Not everything came off, but Kings Lynn are a good side and we did a top job on them.'
The Potters host Edinburgh, the last team to beat them at Loomer Road, on Saturday while the Spitfires travel to Carmarthen on Sunday.
The Spitfires have already beaten the Dragons comprehensively at Loomer Road and will expect the bonus point at least.
The Potters visit Isle of Wight on Tuesday.