STOKE Potters turned the form book upside down on Saturday when they beat championship favourites Kings Lynn 47-43 at Loomer Road.
It was not just the scoreline that caught the eye, but the manner in which it was reached by a side that was still without Paul Clews and had been struggling to find any consistency and form in recent weeks.
Against a Kings Lynn side that was unbeaten in its last four away fixtures, little short of a full-blooded effort would have done and though there were a few blips in the Potters makeup, they had just enough in the tank to take full advantage of a pulsating last-heat decider.
Alan Mogridge had suffered a torrid few weeks but the skipper put in a great performance. Not only have Stoke missed his scores but they have missed his enthusiasm, determination and motivation on the track.
He said: 'I've had abuse in the past and it doesn't worry me. Tonight worked and this was a massive win for an understrength side against one on form and I will enjoy it for that reason. But I won't be satisfied until I get a run of such performances together.'
Mark Lemon got it right in the end with big performances in heats 13 and 15 after eradicating clutch problems and ineffective wheel bearings.
Luke Priest scored in four of his five races, and Trent Leverington managed two wins in his 10-point score, a much better performance and tally from the popular Australian who had Robert Ksiezak in his corner.
Leverington said: 'Winning heat one gave me a boost and then I just couldn't wait to get out there.
'In previous meetings, I've been rushing round changing clutches, seats and all sorts. But it ran smoothly tonight and with the track back to how we want it, it was a much calmer meeting to be part of.'
The Potters face Somerset at Loomer Road on July 1.