Elite League King’s Lynn Stars so depleted they name guest boss for trip to Poole Pirates

Garry May, middle, will be the man in the pits for Lynn this evening. Picture: COLIN BURNETT

Garry May, middle, will be the man in the pits for Lynn this evening. Picture: COLIN BURNETT - Credit: Archant

King's Lynn will face another tough away test as they travel to Elite League powerhouses Poole this evening.

The Stars have suffered two straight defeats on the road and will now face the high-flying Pirates – who have won the title for the last three seasons in a row – in a difficult encounter.

Rob Lyon's side suffered a heavy 65-25 defeat on their last visit and it won't get any easier this time with team boss Lyon and co-promoter Dale Allitt unavailable meaning Somerset boss Garry May steps in to take charge for the night.

Lyon said: 'We know it will be tough, it always is down there, and we have a makeshift team again which is unfortunate.

'Unfortunately myself and Dale are both unable to attend for personal reasons, so we'd like to thank Garry for stepping in as our team manager.'

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Lynn have drafted in Chris Harris and Robert Branford to guest for Niels-Kristian Iversen (Danish League) and Simon Lambert (injury) while Poole will track Rohan Tungate and Edward Kennett for Hans Andersen and Krzysztof Buczkowski (both injured). Chris Holder will make a late call on his fitness with the Pirates set to operate rider-replacement if he misses out.

Poole: 1 Chris Holder, 2 Adam Ellis, 3 Rohan Tungate (Guest), 4 Brady Kurtz, 5 Edward Kennett (G), 6 Bjarne Pedersen, 7 Kyle Newman

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Lynn: 1 Chris Harris (G), 2 Robert Branford (G), 3 Robert Lambert, 4 Kai Huckenbeck, 5 Troy Batchelor, 6 Nicklas Porsing, 7 Carl Wilkinson

The Young Stars last night lost 53-37 at Isle of Wight.

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