Allen spearheads Stars’ bid for Shield glory
King's Lynn racer Olly Allen is backing the club's emerging talent to carry the Stars to Young Shield glory.
Allen will spearhead Lynn's challenge against former club Rye House in next week's re-arranged quarter-final, first leg tie at the Norfolk Arena.
The Rockets' scheduled visit on Wednesday was called off earlier in the week but Lynn's A10 rivals will now visit Saddlebow on Wednesday, October 6 with the return at Hoddesdon on Sunday, October 10.
Norwich-based racer Allen admitted recently he would consider a potential 2011 return to the Stars which could see him line up alongside in form reserve Adam Roynon and highly-rated Danish teenager Lasse Bjerre.
'Adam is going very well and with Lasse you could see from the first meeting he is going to be a star,' said Allen. 'I hope the club have got him for next year as well. I personally don't know what I am doing yet but if the chance came about to come here I would find it hard to say no.
'I really like it here. I know Rob (Lyon) from before and the England set up and he is a great guy - one of the best team managers about. Buster and Jonathan (Chapman) have always been good to me and I can't say enough good things. It's a shame other clubs aren't run the same way. I know some clubs don't own the tracks and that can make things difficult, but most weeks here you have the boys who can come along and practice and that goes unnoticed. Buster doesn't ask anything for it but its people like that who keep the sport alive in this country.'
Chapman is bullish about Lynn's prospects of ending a below-par campaign on a high.
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'This season has felt flat after five massive years of success,' he said. 'Not all is lost and we should take this opportunity with both hands and finish the season off with a bang.'
Stars' team chief Lyon believes the club's rapidly-improving revamped septet can beat Rye House to clinch a last four spot.
'Our team is really starting to find its feet and I am confident we can beat the Rockets over two legs,' he said. 'I just hope that the fans can get behind us and give us the much needed support.'
Rockets' skipper Chris Neath is gunning for silverware after re-discovering his zest for the sport this season.
'To be honest, I fell out of love with speedway during the year because things weren't going right and I was getting down about it,' he said. 'It was my fault for letting that happen but it's been better in the last couple of weeks. I feel really good, probably the best I have for three years.'