Heathens 66 King's Lynn 24

First published in Sport

ADAM Roynon scored a 15 point five ride maximum as Dudley Heathens demolished King’s Lynn.

Ashley Morris also took a paid maximum as the former Cradley club gave their fans plenty to cheer on their National League home opener.

King’s Lynn had run the Heathens close in the reverse fixture six days ago but shorn of their number one James Cockle, they simply had no answer to the rampant hosts.

Dudley, themselves without Tom Perry, won all but two of the heats and scored ten 5-1s in the process.

Tougher tests will undoubtedly follow but tonight the Heathens showed they will be setting the benchmark high this summer.

Roynon was simply untouchable all night and got his side off to the perfect start with victory in heat one.

The only hiccup for the hosts came in heat three as Lewis Kerr got the better of Byron Bekker. Adam Lowe’s third place for the visitors narrowed the score to 11-7.

But from then on it was all Dudley as consecutive 5-1s established a double figure advantage which was in place for the rest of the night. King’s Lynn also failed to find any bonus in tactical rides from Kerr and Brendan Johnson.

The one real blemish arrived in heat 12 as Dan Greenwood, riding Morris’ bike because of a startlinr technical problem, crashed out on the first corner. Even then the visitors could not take advantage as Bekker held off Kerr and Tom Stokes to split the points.

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