Elite League: Chris Holder helps Poole Pirates pick up home win over King's Lynn
Struggling Poole gave their Elite League season a much-needed boost with a 47-43 victory over King's Lynn Stars.
Last Updated: 29/05/13 2:13pm
The much-changed Pirates - who unusually find themselves languishing towards the bottom of the table - claimed two crucial points thanks mainly to the efforts of their star man, Chris Holder.
The reigning world champion warmed up for the British GP in Cardiff at the weekend with 14 points out of a possible 15, including winning the final race of the night to stop the Stars getting a draw.
"We got the win and that was the main thing," Holder told Sky Sports afterwards.
"We didn't win by enough points to stop them getting one, but a win is a win. We will take that - we've got something to build on. We look much better."
The Australian was helped out by a fine display on debut from new recruit Przemyslaw Pawlicki, who won two early heats on a track that all the riders found tough going.
However, King's Lynn's patched up line-up still managed to take an away point thanks to a 3-3 result in the final heat that meant they finished within six of their opponents.
Kevin Doolan proved a superb stand-in for the injured Simon Stead, including winning the 12th race, while Rory Schlein bravely dusted himself down after a horrific-looking crash in heat 13 to help secure a 3-3 result in the re-run.
Poole looked like they were going to make sure of the victory with a race to go with a 5-1 in the next, only for David Stachyra's bike to pack up on the final lap as he was right behind new team-mate Tomas H Jonasson.
The Pirates would be forgiven for thinking luck was against them but with Holder showing signs of his best form there was no need to panic. He came out and cruised to victory at the end, giving himself and his squad a timely boost at such a crucial stage of the campaign.
Elsewhere on Monday - Coventry were big winners climbing three places up the Elite League table with home and away wins over Peterborough for a bumper seven-point haul.
The Bees stormed to a 56-37 win at the Showground and added a 50-40 success on home territory with their top two of Krzysztof Kasprzak and Scott Nicholls dominating in both meetings.
Coventry boss Gary Havelock said: "I'm over the moon - looking at these meetings we probably felt four points from the day would be a decent achievement, so to get seven is fantastic, and it's all down to the boys.
"All seven of them, at one stage or another, have come up trumps and it's been a real team effort. They're riding now like they should have been all season, and if they had done we'd probably be around third in the table, but things are definitely looking up for us."
And Birmingham's fine form as Wolverhampton suffered their first home defeat of the season with a 41-49 loss at Monmore Green.
After falling behind in the third race of the night, Wolves were always playing catch-up before 5-1s for the visitors in Heats 12 and 14 condemned them to their second defeat inside five days at the hands of the Brummies.
And boss Peter Adams felt the absence of Aussie No.2 Ty Proctor through injury had a big influence on the result.
He said: "We're disappointed but we're not surprised because Ty was always going to be a big miss given the form he's been in.
"We were just unfortunate to run into the league's form team whilst we were slightly weakened, but it isn't going to kill us - we'll be back."
Fredrik Lindgren and Tai Woffinden starred for the hosts once again - both scoring 13+1 - yet they received minimal support elsewhere.