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Kent Kings beaten by Stoke Potters in first leg of Knockout Cup quarter-finals at Central Park

24 June 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Kent's Danny Ayres pursues Stoke's former Kings rider Adam Kirby at Central Park on Monday night Picture Elizabeth Leslie

Kent's Danny Ayres pursues Stoke's former Kings rider Adam Kirby at Central Park on Monday night Picture: Elizabeth Leslie

Kent Kings' Knockout Cup hopes are in the balance after a 50-40 defeat in the home leg of their quarter-final tie against Stoke Potters on Monday night.

Potters - the only visiting side to have won in the National League at Central Park this season - found the track to their liking again.

Former Kent rider Adam Kirby helped Potters to victory with a paid nine as the in-form visitors won 10 of the 15 heats.

Kings held a slender 22-20 lead going into a controversial heat eight that saw three re-runs, with Kirby lucky to escape exclusion after an incident with Aaron Baseby.

Simon Lambert (12) and David Mason (7+2) top-scored for Kent but new signing Jason Garrad failed to register a point on his debut.

The return leg at Stoke is on Saturday, July 5.

Kings return to National League action with a home match against play-off rivals King's Lynn Young Stars on Monday night (6.30pm).

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