PIRATES climbed off the bottom of the SGB Premiership after seeing off the inspired Robert Lambert and his patched-up King’s Lynn side.

Newly-crowned British champion Lambert was in sensational form in racking up 13 paid 14 at Wimborne Road but even he could not prevent Poole claiming a 58-32 success – their first win in a month.

Pirates showed one change from the team which had lost at Wolverhampton, Nicolai Klindt making his seasonal debut.

King’s Lynn tracked two guests at reserve in Paul Starke and Simon Lambert, while Niels-Kristian Iversen made his comeback and rider replacement was operated for Ty Proctor.

Robert Lambert enjoyed his own personal parade prior to tapes up and was presented with a bottle of champagne by former Cherries winger Matt Ritchie and ex-Dean Court boss Lee Bradbury.

When the action got under way, Linus Sundstrom led in a 5-1 in a rapid 59.22 seconds, with Poole spearhead Brady Kurtz keeping Lewis Kerr at arm’s length.

The same result followed in the reserves’ race and it was in little doubt after turn two, when Mateusz Szczepaniak forced his way past Starke into second.

Klindt was swiftly out of sight in heat three and although the hard-charging Josh Grajczonek could not find a route past Thomas Jorgensen, Poole extended to 14-4 their lead.

After Kacper Woryna fell next time out, Robert Lambert roared to victory in the re-run, although Richie Worrall limited the damage by rounding Starke on turn three.

Race five was a two-tier battle. Iversen pressed leader Grajczonek and Klindt chased Kerr but the heat was shared.

Robert Lambert was never seriously threatened by Kurtz next and Stars team boss Dale Allitt then threw the man of the moment into heat seven as a tactical substitute.

Victory for the young Brit seemed inevitable and so it proved. Jorgensen was second and the Poole lead had been cut to four points.

Woryna seemed none the worse for his spill in taking the chequered flag in heat eight, with Sundstrom comfortable behind him.

A third win in four races followed for Robert Lambert but Kurtz and Sundstrom replied with a straightforward 5-1.

Szczepaniak and Kerr were quickly on their feet following a spectacular turn two crash in heat 11, with the latter excluded. Iversen was nowhere in the re-run and Poole had a fifth maximum.

Grajczonek and Woryna get the better of Starke following a tremendous battle and Worrall produced the ride of the night to pass Robert Lambert and Iversen to secure a 3-3 after Kurtz had been excluded.

A deserved win followed for Szczepaniak, allowing Pirates to crash through the 50-point barrier.

Sundstrom and Worrall put the icing on the cake with a seventh 5-1 in the final showdown, the former making a rapid start while the latter reeled in Jorgensen as Robert Lambert ran out of steam at the back.


Pirates 58: 1 Brady Kurtz (2*-2-3-fx) 7+1, 2 Linus Sundstrom (3-1*-2*-2*-3) 11+3, 3 Josh Grajczonek (1-3-2-3) 9, 4 Nicolai Klindt (3-0-1*-1) 5+1, 5 Richie Worrall (2-0-3-3-2*) 10+1, 6 Mateusz Szczepaniak (2*-1-2*-3) 8+2, 7 Kacper Woryna (3-fx-3-2*) 8+1.

King’s Lynn 32: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen (0-2-1-2) 5, 2 Lewis Kerr (1-1*-1-fx) 3+1, 3 Ty Proctor r/r, 4 Thomas Jorgensen (2-2*-0-0-1) 5+1, 5 Robert Lambert (3-3-3-3-1*-0) 13+1, 6 Simon Lambert, guest (0-0-0-0-0) 0, 7 Paul Starke, guest (1-1-0-1-1-2) 6.

HT 1: Sundstrom, Kurtz, Kerr, Iversen, 59.22 (5-1)

HT 2: Woryna, Szczepaniak, Starke, S Lambert, 59.53 (10-2)

HT 3: Klindt, Jorgensen, Grajczonek, S Lambert, 59.46 (14-4)

HT 4 (re-run): R Lambert, Worrall, Starke, Woryna (fell/dsq), 59.66 (16-8)

HT 5: Grajczonek, Iversen, Kerr, Klindt, 59.97 (19-11)

HT 6: R Lambert, Kurtz, Sundstrom, S Lambert, 59.50 (22-14)

HT 7: R Lambert, Jorgensen, Szczepaniak, Worrall, 60.20 (23-19)

HT 8: Woryna, Sundstrom, Kerr, Starke, 60.53 (28-20)

HT 9: R Lambert, Grajczonek, Klindt, S Lambert, 59.81 (31-23)

HT 10: Kurtz, Sundstrom, Starke, Jorgensen, 60.91 (36-24)

HT 11: Worrall, Szczepaniak, Iversen, Kerr (fell/dsq), 60.75 (41-25)

HT 12: Grajczonek, Woryna, Starke, S Lambert, 61.28 (46-26)

HT 13 (re-run): Worrall, Iversen, R Lambert, Kurtz (fell/dsq), 61.09 (49-29)

HT 14: Szczepaniak, Starke, Klindt, Jorgensen, 61.94 (53-31)

HT 15: Sundstrom, Worrall, Jorgensen, R Lambert, 61.47 (58-32)


IT WAS a solid all-round performance by Neil Middleditch’s Pirates – a rare occurrence this season.

Kacper Woryna has been one of the team’s brighter lights and a stint at reserve appears to be doing him the power of good.

Having won heat two, he picked himself up from a nasty fall in his second ride to go unbeaten by an opponent in his next two outings.

In Stars colours, British champion Robert Lambert was sensational and did not deserve to be on the losing side.