Chapman calling on Stars to be ruthless
King's Lynn will host Birmingham in the Premier Trophy on Friday at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)Stars' co-promoter Jonathan Chapman yesterday confirmed Lynn plan to go ahead with this week's scheduled second leg after a weekend washout in the Midlands.
King's Lynn will host Birmingham in the Premier Trophy on Friday at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)
Stars' co-promoter Jonathan Chapman yesterday confirmed Lynn plan to go ahead with this week's scheduled second leg after a weekend washout in the Midlands.
Chapman abandoned plans to switch Lynn's original Saddlebow date after further talks with the BSPA. The holders will now head to Perry Barr on Sunday, July 29 (6pm) for what will be the deciding tie.
"It would have been nice to hold the second leg," he admitted. "But fate is fate and we are not willing to mess with it. Our aim is to do enough in the first leg to literally win the trophy anyway. We expect all the fans to turn up in force as they would have before to cheer the team on. We will be totally focused on winning every single point in all 15 heats. It will be an amazing occasion if we can put a firm hand on our first major trophy of 2007."
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Stars' team boss Rob Lyon is confident of clinching the club's sixth cup in the last three seasons.
"With this now being the first leg it has put a new perspective on things," he said. "I want the team to be more ruthless than ever before, I don't want any points being given away because I'm adamant we need to win it here on Friday.
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"I know the Brummies have a good team but we are back on form after a little bit of a dip. All the guys are as happy as I have ever seen them. We need all the fans to come out in force and support us, they are the noisiest in the country when they want to be."
Stars' co-promoter Buster Chapman is looking forward to another potential grudge match against Brummies' chief Graham Drury.
"Last season he publicly called our team a bunch of prima-donnas and wimps," said Chapman. "We ended up knocking his team out of the Premier Trophy semi-final and hopefully we will do it again."
Advance tickets for the first leg will be available at tomorrow's Premier League meeting against Redcar. Gates will open from 6pm on Friday.