Eyes on the prize as King’s Lynn Stars host Elite League play-off semi first leg against Poole

Stars' skipper Rory Schlein. Picture: Ian Burt

Stars' skipper Rory Schlein. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

King's Lynn will be looking to make the most of home advantage tonight as they kickstart their quest for Elite League glory.

The Stars, who finished second by virtue of points difference, host table-toppers and reigning champions Poole in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.

With a trip to Dorset to come next week, the men from the Norfolk Arena need a good victory on their own shale to take something down south with them for the decisive second leg on Monday.

Lynn boss Rob Lyon said: 'All we can do is approach it with the fact we've got hopefully seven riders, and no rider-replacement.

'We've got the first leg at home, which is a massive advantage for us, which is what we wanted, and it's up to us now to build up a good healthy lead to take down to Poole, defend it and get in the final.'

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The Pirates finished at the summit at the end of the regular season and got the choice of their semi-final opponents. They opted to choose Lynn rather than Coventry Bees or the in-form Swindon Robins, who also begin their two-legged last-four clash this evening.

Prior to last night's racing on the continent, Lynn and Poole had no fresh injury worries to contend with. Scott Nicholls will guest for the hosts, in place of Niels-Kristian Iversen, while Danny King and Craig Cook will temporarily don the Pirates' kevlars come tapes up.

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