By Gavin Caney
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Team boss Dale Allitt wants his young Stars to shine in front of some football’s brightest prospects tonight when England Under-21s visit the Norfolk Arena.
England U21 manager Stuart Pearce and some of his players will visit Saddlebow Road to take in some speedway as a break from their pre-match preparations ahead of Friday’s Euro 2013 play-off match at Norwich City’s Carrow Road.
Allitt admits their attendance this evening for King’s Lynn’s National League clash with Rye House Rockets is a “big thing” for everyone at the club and hopes fans of both sports can benefit.
The Young Stars boss said: “England Under-21s being here is a big draw. There’s connections between us because obviously they’re a young team and so are we. It’s great for people who can come and support us while then meeting Stuart Pearce and his players at the same time. Hopefully they’ll find speedway exciting because we’ll certainly be trying to put on a show for them.
“It’s a big coup for King’s Lynn to have them here and everyone associated with the club is excited. All of my riders follow football and it always helps create a bit of banter. So they’ll be looking forward to their visit and you never know, we could learn motivational tips from them too.”
The club’s VIP guests on the night will meet the riders and watch the action while, where possible, posing for pictures with fans and signing autographs.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Manchester United’s Nick Powell could be among the footballing stars to visit the home of the Norfolk speedway giants.
National League basement boys Lynn will be hoping for better luck than they endured last Wednesday when they lost 48-42 at home to Stoke Potters. Lewis Rose won the reserves’ race before being forced to withdraw from the meeting after suffering a concussion during a heavy spill.
Allitt said: “We were left with one reserve when Lewis was forced to pull out and he’s been riding very well.
“I think if that hadn’t have happened we would have gone on to win the meeting. If everyone rides to their potential again I don’t see any reason why we can’t beat Rye House.
“Darren Mallett returned and beat Premier League Riders’ Champion Ashley Birks in heat one, there were plenty of other positives and we go into tonight’s meeting injury free. We’re looking forward to it.”
King’s Lynn: 1 Darren Mallett, 2 Tom Stokes, 3 Jake Knight, 4 Scott Campos, 5 Lewis Kerr, 6 Lewis Rose, 7 Brendan Johnson
Rye House: 1 Jason Garrity, 2 Shane Hazelden, 3 Ben Morley, 4 Luke Chesell, 5 James Sargeant, 6 Danno Verge, 7 Connor Coles
Gates open at 6.30pm. Racing starts at 7.45pm.