Guest Chris Harris replaces Niels-Kristian Iversen as King’s Lynn Stars head to Poole Pirates

Guest rider Chris Harris lines up for the King's Lynn Stars. Picture: Ian Burt

Guest rider Chris Harris lines up for the King's Lynn Stars. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

King's Lynn head south to begin key back-to-back fixtures against Elite League champions Poole as they aim to bolster their play-off bid.

The Stars host the Pirates at the Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow but first they face the tough trip to Wimborne Road this evening.

Lynn owner Buster Chapman says it's important for his side to start getting some points on the board as they try to push on with their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Chapman said: 'While it's still mathematically possible, we will give it everything we've got to try and sneak in to those top four places.

'We've got a significant number of meetings in hand and our destiny is also in our own hands I guess.

'We'd be happy to get any sort of result down at Poole but we will be keen to get a win at home, whether we win, lose or draw at Wimborne Road.'

The Stars have drafted in three-time British champion Chris Harris to deputise for number one Niels-Kristian Iversen who misses the trip to Poole due to commitments in his home country Denmark.

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With Simon Lambert still sidelined through injury, former Poole rider Kyle Howarth will step in at reserve while squad member Kai Huckenbeck slots in at number two.

Poole: 1 Chris Holder, 2 Adam Ellis, 3 Krzysztof Buczkowski, 4 Brady Kurtz, 5 Hans Andersen, 6 Bjarne Pedersen, 7 Kyle Newman

Lynn: 1 Chris Harris (Guest), 2 Kai Huckenbeck, 3 Robert Lambert, 4 Rory Schlein, 5 Troy Batchelor, 6 Kyle Howarth (G), 7 Lewis Rose

Season-ending injury for ace

Young Stars rider Shane Hazelden has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg in a crash at Kent.

The ace suffered a broken tibia and fibula during the accident in the National League fixture.

Hazelden, a popular reserve, crashed out in heat 14 of the Stars' 44-39 defeat on Monday, causing the meeting to be abandoned due to the curfew arriving as he received treatment.

'It's bad news for Shane, and as a club we all wish him all the very best,' team boss Dale Allitt said.

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