Chris Holder enjoyed a successful return to Poole as King’s Lynn underlined their power on the road with a 49-44 win at Wimborne Road on Wednesday.
Holder contributed 13 points from five rides on his old home track at the head of a solid team effort for a fourth SGB Premiership victory on the road this season.
But for the Pirates it was a third defeat on their own circuit as they were limited to just five race wins, skipper Hans Andersen top-scoring on 14+1 including a six-pointer on a tactical ride after the Stars had opened up an early ten-point advantage.
Holder said: “To win anywhere is good but to come back to Poole is pretty special for me.
“I spent nine years here and it is a place I know inside out. Coming here with King’s Lynn is a lot different – you’re on the other side of the pits and in different changing rooms – it feels weird because you’re surrounded by the same faces you’ve known for years.
“It was about us getting the win, though, and the boys relied on my experience around there. I told them everything I knew but it was them that did the job, it was a team effort and it worked out perfectly.”
Andersen said: “(Brady Kurtz is) a difficult rider to replace as he has been so pivotal to us this season, knocking in big scores as a regular occurrence and we needed that tonight.”
POOLE 44: Hans Andersen 14+1, Paul Starke 9+1, Jack Holder 8+2, Krzysztof Kasprzak 5, Richie Worrall 5, James Shanes 2+1, Nicolai Klindt 1.
KING’S LYNN 49: Chris Holder 13, Lewis Rose 8+2, Robert Lambert 8, Kai Huckenbeck 7+1, Troy Batchelor 7, Thomas Jorgensen 6+1, Danny Ayes 0.