British champion Tai Woffinden out to help Poole Pirates end King’s Lynn Stars’ 100pc home record
- Credit: Ian Burt
Newly-crowned British champion Tai Woffinden will be trying to help end King's Lynn's sensational home record at the Norfolk Arena tonight.
In-form Wolverhampton rider Woffinden is guesting for an out-of-sorts Poole Pirates as they arrive in Norfolk, surprisingly, at the foot of the Elite League table.
He comes into their side as a replacement for injured ex-Stars ace Darcy Ward to face a Lynn outfit who have enjoyed maximum three-point victories in each of their five Saddlebow Road showings in 2013.
Team boss Rob Lyon said: 'You've only got to look at the quality that Poole have and Tai is a great replacement for Darcy. They're still a formidable outfit on paper and will form a stern challenge for us and make it a tough match, as much as it was against them here last month (Lynn won 49-41).
'It was a backs-to-the-wall win that day as we lost Mads (Korneliussen) through injury early on. We're almost back to full strength though and having 10 days off since our last meeting has come as a welcome break. So hopefully we can go out and get three more points.'
Fit-again Korneliussen, available to ride for the first time since second-placed Lynn beat Poole, and Rory Schlein come back into the side.
Reserve Simon Stead looked set to return but sustained a hand injury riding in Poland on Sunday and will be replaced by guest Josh Grajczonek.
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'Josh is a good lad and is now reaping the benefit of the potential he has always shown,' said Lyon of the Somerset rider who scored 10, paid 11, as a guest in his side's 53-39 loss last time out at Wolves. 'He's towards the top of the Premier League averages and he did a great job for us at Wolves. We felt it was only fair to give him a chance to show what he can do for us again.'
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 David Howe, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Seb Alden, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Richie Worrall, 7 Josh Grajczonek (guest)
Poole: 1 Tai Woffinden (G), 2 Dawid Stachyra, 3 Chris Holder, 4 Robert Miskowiak, 5 Maciej Janowski, 6 Kyle Howarth, 7 Rohan Tungate
? This week's other EL fixtures: Fri: Lakeside v Birmingham (8pm)