King’s Lynn aim to topple Elite League favourites
King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon predicts a mouthwatering Good Friday duel today against Elite League title favourites Poole at the Norfolk Arena (7pm).
The visitors track ex-Lynn racer and double World U21 champion Darcy Ward along with British GP victor Chris Holder and highly-rated Swedish talent Dennis Andersson, while the second-placed hosts are fresh from an away win at Swindon.
Lyon insists the Stars have plenty of respect for the visitors, but will go all out to maintain their unbeaten start to life back in the top flight on home shale.
'They have some power at the top end with the Aussie boys who certainly know their way around the Norfolk Arena,' he said. 'It makes it even more of a mouthwatering clash. I know there has been some debate on the make-up of their team with the lad at reserve coming in on a certain average but setting that aside it should be a good one – without a doubt.
'We're looking for that consistency and it would be a real shame not to pull it off after all the hard work we did at Swindon to get the three points. We won't put any additional pressure on the boys because they know what the job is all about, but it's important to get three points and that is what we'll aim to do.'
Lynn have been forced to break up their powerful home septet, with Lasse Bjerre unavailable after the Danish Motor Union (DMU) brought forward a championship qualifier this weekend. The teenage ace will race for Ipswich in the Premier League this afternoon before catching a flight home. Lynn track guest Josh Auty – who will face Bjerre for Sheffield at Foxhall.
'The DMU have brought forward a championship qualifier from Sunday to Saturday morning in Denmark so he has to be there and we can't get him from England to Denmark in time unfortunately with the flights,' said Lyon. 'I believe he is riding for Ipswich in the afternoon and then flying out early evening but I'm pretty pleased with the replacement. Josh is riding very well and ironically he is at Ipswich for Sheffield in the same meeting so he'll have a bit of a dash.
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'He is confident and he can do a job for us. He doesn't have a great deal of experience around our track but it's a big one and he knows enough about the job to get dialled in and he'll get plenty of advice from the boys.'
Bjerre junior's displays this season have evoked memories of Lynn's former teenage sensation Ward, who makes his first competitive return since leaving Saddlebow.
'He has certainly proved what we all knew when he was here,' said Lyon. 'He has gone on and achieved some big things in the sport and I'm sure it will be nice for the Lynn fans to see him back here, albeit in different colours, but I'm sure he'll put on a good show and give the fans value for money without a doubt.'
Lynn second string Niels-Kristian Iversen also faces a busy Good Friday schedule, with the Dane on duty for reigning champions Coventry this morning against his former club Peterborough in the Panthers' Elite League opener.
• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Tomas Topinka, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Josh Auty, 7 Filip Sitera.
• Pirates: 1 Chris Holder, 2 Renat Gafurov, 3 Jason Doyle, 4 Darcy Ward, 5 Davey Watt, 6 Dennis Andersson, 7 Kyle Newman.
• Admission: Adults �15, concessions �12, junior (aged 12-15 years) �5 with free entry for 11 and unders.