COVENTRY Storm collected their third away win of the season with a fine effort to triumph 47-43 at play-off chasing King’s Lynn on Wednesday.
The result kept up an incredible sequence for the City Gearboxes Storm, who have won on all four of their National League trips to the Adrian Flux Arena since joining the competition in 2013.
Mid-season signing Mitchell Davey underlined the impact he has made on the side since his arrival with key rides to win Heats 14 and 15 – despite a dash to make it to the stadium after breaking down en route!
Ellis Perks was again great value as a guest for injured No.1 Dan Greenwood, and with solid contributions down the order the Storm had enough to edge a tight encounter.
The home side never led the meeting, having been put on the back foot when Jamie Halder took advantage of confusion between team-mates Lewis Whitmore and Taylor Hampshire to join Callum Walker for a 5-1 in Heat 2.
The Storm went four points up on two occasions only to be pegged back, but picked up a stroke of fortune in Heat 10 when Josh Bailey fell whilst chasing Davey, as the visitors moved 31-29 ahead.
The Young Stars levelled again with a 4-2 in Heat 12, but the next race went crucially in the Storm’s favour with Perks reeling off his third win in four outings with skipper Liam Carr in third place as Nathan Greaves failed to finish.
Race wins in the last two heats would then be enough for an away victory, and Davey delivered in both, holding off the challenge of Bailey to win Heat 15 with Perks in third spot to extend the winning margin to four points.
Manager Laurence Rogers said: “It was a really good team performance from the boys, and personally it’s always nice to come back to one of my old clubs and win!
“It took Mitchell two rides to get used to it but after that he was unbelievable, and Ellis did a great job for us again, he was a super guest.
“We had a bit of fortune along the way with Josh Bailey coming off when he was in second place, and Nathan Greaves coming down as well, but it’s probably about time after all that’s happened this year.
“It’s a good away run we have going, and really it would be nice if the season could start now and we could forget certain fixtures from earlier on!”
The Storm are back in action at Rye House on Saturday (2pm) with Perks again guesting for Greenwood, whilst Birmingham’s teenage sensation Jack Parkinson-Blackburn comes in for the unavailable Carr.
KING’S LYNN 43: Josh Bailey 9, Ryan Kinsley 9, Tom Stokes 7+3, Scott Campos 7+1, Taylor Hampshire 5+1, Nathan Greaves 5, Lewis Whitmore 1. COVENTRY 47: Ellis Perks 12, Mitchell Davey 11+1, Liam Carr 9, Ryan Terry-Daley 5, Callum Walker 5, Jamie Halder 4+2, Conor Dwyer 1+1.