Stoke Potters suffered a 54-36 defeat to Leicester in the semi-final first leg of their knockout cup tie.
The Lion Cubs roared into a 16-8 lead after four races before the Potters gained a 4-2 in heat five from Lawlor and Luke Priest to reduce the deficit for the home side.
Leicester then gained successive heat wins in heats seven and eight to extend their lead to 12-points as the Potters trailed 30-18.
Another two 5-1 heat advantages gave the Lions Cubs a comfortable victory before Lawlor and Tom Perry rounded off the evening with a 4-2 in the final heat.
Potters team manager Adam Isherwood said “We were simply beaten by a better team on the night. The track was good with Ellis Perks clocking the four fastest times of the season around here and they had a team which there was simply no weakness in it was strong right the way through. For us only Joe Lawlor was on song as he top scored with 14-points and now we have to go to Leicester tomorrow and ride for some pride.”
NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 1st leg
STOKE 36: Joe Lawlor 14, Tom Perry 8, Luke Priest 5+1, Shelby Rutherford 3+1, Connor Coles 3, Kieran Douglas 3, Kean Dicken 0.
LEICESTER 54: Ellis Perks 17, Matt Marson 11+1, Danyon Hume 9+2, Dan Thompson 8+2, Ryan Terry-Daley 6+1, Ryan MacDonald 3+2, Joe Thompson r/r.
STOKE return to action on Sunday afternoon looking to restore some pride as they face the Leicester Lions Cubs in the second leg at the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena, 4pm.
The Potters meeting will take place after the Championship clash between the Leicester Lions and the Sheffield Tigers so supporters are able to watch two meetings.
Stoke will be looking to gain some pride after the 54-36 defeat at home on Saturday.
Connor Coles misses the meeting on Sunday due to being on Championship duty and the Potters will use rider replacement to cover for his absence after guest David Wallinger withdrew after falling at Plymouth on Friday night.
LECIESTER: Danyon Hume (Captain), Dan Thompson, Joe Thompson R/R, Charlie Brooks, Ellis Perks, Ryan MacDonald, Ryan Terry-Daley
STOKE: Tom Perry (Captain), Shelby Rutherford, Joe Lawlor, Luke Priest, Connor Coles R/R, Kieran Douglas, Kean Dicken