TONGUES were poised to wag and fingers were hovering over keyboards but Poole Pirates gave their critics no ammunition to unleash following a thunderous win over Leicester.

Having suffered defeats in their last two home meetings, Poole were desperate to avoid the ignominy of a third and their worst run at Wimborne Road in nine years.

That they did in emphatic fashion, clocking up no less than eight 5-1s on their way to a 59-34 success over the basement battlers, who managed just four heat victories all evening.

The result gave Pirates their first win in five weeks and every home rider had their moment, with paid maximum men Darcy Ward and Maciej Janowski particularly impressive.

Guest Edward Kennett – in for the injured Josh Grajczonek – rode superbly with 10 paid 11 and Vaclav Milik had terrific speed on his way to eight paid nine.

Pirates: 1 Darcy Ward 14+1, 2 Edward Kennett, guest 10+1, 3 Shamek Pawlicki 8+2, 4 Vaclav Milik 8+1, 5 Maciej Janowski 12+3, 6 Ben Hopwood 3+1, 7 Kyle Newman 4+1.