King’s Lynn boss endorses Allen’s World Cup credentials
King's Lynn Stars' boss Rob Lyon is convinced Norfolk-bred skipper Olly Allen would do a superb job for his country in next month's World Team Cup event on home shale.
Lyon guided GB to the final last year after edging out Australia in a titanic qualifier at the Norfolk Arena in front of more than 7,000 fans and a global television audience. The Stars' chief believes Allen should be Neil Middleditch's plans with the hosts facing the might of reigning champions Poland and emerging powers Russia alongside the Czech Republic at Saddlebow on July 11.
Allen again led from the front during Lynn's midweek 48-42 Elite League win over Belle Vue which kept Lyon's men in second place following an impressive return to the top flight.
'I think it's probably fair to say this year is his best for a long time at Elite League level. He seems to be thriving on the responsibility of the captaincy,' said Lyon. 'I believe he is riding as well around here as he has in a long, long time. He traps and it's sort of the track the way he rides the bike where he can pick up points against anybody. Charlie Gjedde caught him out in his last ride (against Belle Vue) but generally he is riding well and if I was Neil Middleditch I would have one eye on him for the World Cup around here.
'He can trap and if he does that against some of the opposition GB will face then they aren't going to pass him. I thought he was a bit unlucky at the British final the other night. He gave a good account of himself and made some awesome starts. I think he made about four out of five. Certainly around here and on a few away tracks, like Eastbourne last weekend, he was very, very good. He got nine points there, which is excellent.'
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Lyon is bullish the Stars can maintain their early season form after another hard-fought win against the Aces.
'It keeps the momentum ticking on and the way we are I feel quite confident that we can pick up some more points away from home,' he said. 'Providing we can keep winning at home, and we don't want to be losing too many more points at home, and maybe get another two or three away I think we'll be right in the mix.
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'It was another successful night all round. They used Kozza (Smith) to good effect during the early part of the meeting, which was the right thing to do because he is going to get you points when the track is like that. He did a lot of damage along with (Ricky) Kling, who came to the party. Those two outscored our reserves quite considerably in the early stages. You couldn't really fault the top five and that was why we probably didn't get the full three points, but it was another win and this is what the Elite League is all about. There are a lot of balanced teams and any side is capable of beating each other.'