Huge test for understrength King’s Lynn Stars at table-topping Wolverhampton Wolves
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King's Lynn Stars' team boss Rob Lyon is backing his men to cause another upset at table-topping Wolverhampton Wolves this evening.
The Norfolk Arena club were up against it when they claimed an unlikely losing bonus point at champions Swindon Robins in midweek – one day after grabbing all three points by beating them convincingly at Saddlebow Road.
But it doesn't get any easier for the Stars as they head to Monmore Green without injured pair Mads Korneliussen (shoulder) and Rory Schlein (concussion) as well as reserve Richie Worrall (riding in the Premier League). However, Lyon is refusing to be downbeat ahead of the trip to Midlands.
He said: 'I'm very pleased with the point we got at Swindon. We were down and out after 10 heats. But the boys got it together and took it to them. It was a miraculous achievement to get a point, especially after we lost Rory, and had two riders not scoring, while operating rider/replacement, so we effectively only had three men left.
'Our home form is on track and we want to keep it that way. We've had some stern tests along the way, and we've got more to come, so we need to keep picking up as many points as possible away. We're pretty confident what we're doing will put us in play-off territory but there's a long way to go. You don't win anything, or end up in the top four, at the end of April and start of May though.
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'Whatever team Wolves put out, because of the nature of their track, it's always going to be a difficult place to go. Nobody expected us to get a thing at Swindon on Thursday though, so hopefully people will expect the same on Monday and we get a similar result at Wolves.'
The Stars', second in the Elite League table, will operate the rider/replacement facility for Aussie Schlein. He was withdrawn from Thursday's meeting at Swindon after being knocked out by a heavy fall. Every member of Lynn's team can be used in his programmed rides.
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Birmingham and Somerset rider Jason Doyle comes in as a guest at number three while his Somerset team-mate Josh Grajczonek slots in alongside Simon Stead at reserve in place of Worrall.
Lyon said: 'Josh is a quality rider who is going well in the Premier League. I'm sure he will do a good job as will Simon (Stead) who has the potential to be a fantastic weapon at reserve.
'With all due respect I am a bit surprised at Wolves because I didn't think they would be where they are. Tai (Woffinden) is in the form of his life and Freddie Lindgren is riding well too. Those two are leading from the front and tugging the other boys along with them, so fair play to them. They deserve to be where they are. We know it will be a tough night.'
Wolves: 1 Tai Woffinden, 2 Ty Proctor, 3 Ricky Wells, 4 Adam Skornicki, 5 Freddie Lindgren, 6 Ludvig Lindgren, 7 Jacob Thorssell.
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 David Howe, 3 Jason Doyle (guest), 4 Seb Alden, 5 Rider/Replacement, 6 Josh Grajczonek (G), 7 Simon Stead.
*After going to print, Stead pulled out of Lynn's side after aggravating a shoulder problem. He will be replaced by guest Mark Lemon for the trip to Wolves.