The boys battled hard, but the result did not swing their way as Belle Vue slipped to a 55-35 defeat at King’s Lynn, moving them down to fourth in the Premiership ahead of the Bank Holiday.
The Rentruck Aces put up a strong offence and after five heats had kept things level, but with Max Fricke still side-lined due to injury, they were unable to prevent Kings Lynn from claiming the win.
And to compound injury issues, their planned guest, Kevin Doolan, who was standing in for the injured Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, pulled out at the eleventh hour after he picked up an injury.
Nathan Greaves stepped in at the last moment to deputise at No.7.
But it wasn’t until at least half-way through the meeting that the Poultec Stars started gaining ground on the visitors, who were working overtime to compensate for their missing teammates.
Kenneth Bjerre and Dan Bewley topped the scores for the Rentruck Aces with 9+1 and 9 points respectively, while Steve Worrall collected 8 points and Jaimon Lidsey added a credible 6+1.
It was another frustrating night, as team boss Mark Lemon said: “One man doesn’t make a team, but Max Fricke is a difficult man to replace and I think the boys were feeling the pressure of R/R.
“There’s no question in my mind that the spirit was there, and they had plenty of fight, but we were essentially down to four men, given that [Dimitri Bergé] and Nathan [Greaves] were struggling.
“We started well but as the meeting progressed, certain things just didn’t go our way and we always seemed to be on the back foot. But if we’re going to make the play offs now’s the time to react.
“Hopefully we’ll be back to full strength on Monday so we can put King’s Lynn to bed and follow up with a big one at Peterborough. The heart’s still beating in this team and we’re not done yet.”
Club bosses are calling on supporters to turn out in force for the Rentruck Aces clash with King’s Lynn on Bank holiday Monday, August 26 for their penultimate home meeting before the Play Offs.
Tickets are available at the stadium box office on race day, or online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
RESULT – KING’S LYNN V BELLE VUE – THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
King’s Lynn ‘Poultec’ Stars 55: Thomas Jorgensen 12+1, Lewis Kerr 11+1, Craig Cook 9, Michael Palm Toft 8+1, Rory Schlein 7+1, Erik Riss 6+1, Tero Aarnio 2+1
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 35: Kenneth Bjerre 9+1, Dan Bewley 9, Steve Worrall 8, Jaimon Lidsey 6+1, Nathan Greaves 2, Dimitri Berge 1+1, Max Fricke r/r
Premiership Points: King’s Lynn 3 Belle Vue 0