King's Lynn boss in bullish mood

Paddy DavittKing's Lynn Stars' team boss Rob Lyon remains bullish his side will compete for major prizes this season ahead of tonight's re-arranged Premier Trophy South pool clash against Rye House.Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn Stars' team boss Rob Lyon remains bullish his side will compete for major prizes this season ahead of tonight's re-arranged Premier Trophy South pool clash against Rye House. (7.45pm)

Lynn slipped to an opening 51-41 weekend defeat at Newport with Ricky Wallace and Linus Eklof failing to score a point between them in Wales.

Lyon's men were also beaten by a powerful Ashley Jones select in their Saddlebow curtain raiser but the Team GB boss is confident of a positive response against the Rockets.

Rye House head to the Norfolk Arena buoyed by a 47-43 Premier League win against highly-fancied Birmingham in Easter Monday's live televised meeting from Hoddesdon.

Stefan Ekberg, Linus Sundstrom and Kyle Hughes all posted double digit returns - and Lyon believes an early season match up against their traditional rivals offers a perfect test.

'After the one meeting at home and one meeting away I feel quite confident that the team can show the fans that we have a real chance of keeping hold of some silverware this season,' said Lyon. 'For various reasons some of the riders have had some mechanical problems but I have been encouraged by the team's attitude and determination and this week I would like to beat Rye House convincingly to put people's minds at rest that we will have another good season.'

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Wallace's difficult start to his maiden domestic campaign was capped by a no show for the club's National League Easter Saturday home fixture against Scunthorpe.

'Unfortunately my van that is on loan to me from Peterborough speedway blew its engine on Saturday as I set out on my journey to King's Lynn,' he said. 'I tried making alternate arrangements but it proved impossible to make it to the meeting in time. I am genuinely sorry to the fans and the team and I am also personally annoyed as it meant that I missed out on a great opportunity to get some track time.'

Wallace is poised to make his Young Stars' bow in an eye catching fixture this Saturday against a touring American 'dream team' at the Norfolk Arena.

'I can't wait to see some of the young American riders in action,' said Stars' promoter, Buster Chapman. 'I have heard a lot of good reports and I'm sure that we will see a great meeting as the riders will know that this will also be an opportunity to put themselves in the shop window for a place in our 2011 Premier League team.'

Parade 7.30pm. First race 7.45pm.

Admission prices: Adults �13, concessions �10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.

Stars: 1 Tomas Topinka, 2 Linus Eklof, 3 Kozza Smith, 4 Joe Haines, 5 Kevin Doolan, 6 Casper Wortmann, 7 Ricky Wallace.

Rockets: 1 Chris Neath, 2 Stefan Ekberg, 3 Jordan Frampton, 4 Luke Bowen, 5 Linus Sundstrom, 6 Kurt Shields, 7 Kyle Hughes.