World champion Tai Woffinden will help King’s Lynn Stars against Elite League holders Poole Pirates

Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian Burt Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, May 22, 2014
8:10 AM

Table-topping King’s Lynn Stars’ Elite League title ambitions will come under stern examination this evening against champions Poole Pirates.

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Stars' guest Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian BurtStars' guest Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian Burt

Rob Lyon’s in-form outfit leapfrogged Lakeside Hammers with a sensational 47-45 victory on Monday to reach the summit of British speedway. But tonight will present arguably the Norfolk Arena outfit’s biggest test of a fine 2014 campaign so far when they welcome holders Poole to Saddlebow Road.

The Pirates, who sit third, track three of the most talented young heat leaders in the UK and have won the Grand Final in two of the last three seasons.

Lyon has boosted his troops’ hopes though for the mouth-watering fixture by recruiting the services of Tai Woffinden for the evening. Wolverhampton Wolves’ world champion will guest in place of Kenneth Bjerre who is still feeling the effects of the broken collarbone he sustained riding for Lynn at the end of last month.

Owner Buster Chapman said: “We will go into the meeting with confidence, we’ve not been beaten at home this season. Poole are a strong side who are not too far behind us in the table, but I am confident we can continue our fine form and race to another home win.

Teams

Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Nicklas Porsing, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Robert Lambert, 5 Tai Woffinden (guest), 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Darren Mallett (G)

Poole: 1 Darcy Ward, 2 Josh Grajczonek, 3 Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 4 Vaclav Milik, 5 Maciej Janowski, 6 Kyle Newman, 7 Ben Hopwood

The support this season has been fantastic and it would be great to see a large crowd getting behind the team and cheering them on to victory.”

The Stars have dropped just one point on their own shale out of a possible 15 and are unbeaten in their last seven matches.

Young Star Darren Mallett, who scored no points during his three rides at Lakeside earlier this week, will once again deputise for injured reserve Lewis Rose. He is still struggling with a back problem.

Poole big-hitters Darcy Ward and Maciej Janowski will certainly know their way around the Norfolk Arena having ridden for the Stars before moving to the south coast giants.

Stat attack

Poole were one of only two teams, along with Swindon, to beat Lynn at Saddlebow Road last season.

Pirates supremo said of Ward, who recently damaged his knee riding in the Grand Prix series: “As Neil (Middleditch, team boss) has said, Darcy still needs time to get match fit and fully comfortable on a bike and while he is very much a speedway freak he is still human and it will be very tough on him during this very hectic period.”

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