King’s Lynn Stars boss Rob Lyon is not taking trip to troubled Birmingham Brummies lightly
PUBLISHED: 10:16 18 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:16 18 April 2014
Rob Lyon is refusing to underestimate the ability of Birmingham – despite their wretched start to the campaign.
Birmingham: 1 Ben Barker, 2 Adam Skornicki, 3 Danny King, 4 Daniel Nermark, 5 Edward Kennett, 6 Tim Webster (guest), 7 Simon Lambert
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Nicklas Porsing, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Robert Lambert, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Lewis Rose
Last season’s Elite League Grand Final runners-up topped the 2013 table but have only won once in five meetings so far this term. Co-promoter Graham Drury has rocked the Perry Barr outfit by quitting the club during a torrid spell which saw them annihilated 69-21 by the Lakeside Hammers – a side King’s Lynn have already beaten. However, the Stars’ team boss is wary of a backlash as he takes his side to the Midlands tonight looking to build on a start to the campaign that has been far more enjoyable.
Lyon, whose men have won three of their four meetings including Wednesday’s 52-38 home triumph over Belle Vue Aces, said: “I don’t think any match is easy away from home.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re top or bottom or middle of the league I think we have to treat every team with the respect they deserve. We’ll go there and try and do our job and hopefully our job will be enough to get us a win.
“Birmingham are more than capable. They’ve got good riders in their team and I’m sure they’ll be fired up with the events that have happened over the last 24 to 48 hours. As I say, we’ve got to go and do our job and if we do our job hopefully we can get something out of it.”
Birmingham have picked up a meagre two points out of a possible 18 so far since the start of the term.
The Brummies have finished in the top four twice since their return to the top-flight in 2011 while Lynn, who moved up to the division in the same year, have only finished in the play-offs once. Former Star Daniel Nermark, who struggled for Lynn last term, will feature for the Brummies tonight.
Following a club-record defeat in the Elite League at Lakeside, captain Danny King apologised to fans. Owner Alan Phillips has called for their continued support during this difficult period.
He told this week’s Speedway Star: “It’s fair to say things aren’t going well, that’s actually an understatement!
“But I would urge all our fans to stay right behind us and come along to the King’s Lynn meeting and show your support to the lads. They have a super team but if we can sort out whatever problems there are then there’s no reason we can’t beat them at home, we proved that by beating Coventry here last Wednesday.”