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Kent Kings go third in National League after race against time to reach Devon Demons

By Craig Tucker
Kent Kings captain Simon Lambert Picture: Elizabeth Leslie

Kent Kings emerged from a day of chaos by moving up to third place in the National League.

Key man Benji Compton pulled out through illness on the morning of Friday's meeting, joining vice-captain David Mason (kidney infection) on the sidelines.

Skipper Simon Lambert's van broke down on his way down from Lincolnshire, while major traffic problems on the M25, M4, A303, M5 and A30 left the team in a race against time to make the fixture.

Lambert arrived by heat four and went on to record an 18-point maximum as Kent won 49-40 - their first league double.

One-twos for guest riders Martin Knuckey and Sam Chapman and Danny Ayres and Aaron Baseby helped turn the match Kings' way.

Kings manager John Sampford said: "If someone had told me just half an hour before tapes up we would end up winners of this match by nine points, I'd have recommended they were sent off to the funny farm!

"That we did is testimony to the tremendous efforts of all six riders who took to track."

Kent host Cradley Heathens at Central Park on Monday night (6.30pm).

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