King’s Lynn braced for Eagles’ backlash
Eastbourne boss Trevor Geer insists the Elite League table toppers are not after revenge against King's Lynn tonight at Arlington (7.30pm).
Rob Lyon's makeshift side stunned the Eagles' 48-45 last month, but Geer believes his leaders will set the record straight following that first home defeat of the campaign.
'Obviously we need to win this match to keep our push for the play-offs going,' he said. 'From our point of view the match is all about getting three league points, not necessarily about gaining revenge. That result stung the riders and the management but we are clearly focussed on what we need to do.'
Lynn's doubling up ace Sam Masters notched paid 13 in the Stars' memorable previous visit, but misses the follow-up due to Premier League commitments with Somerset. The 20-year-old underlined his growing potential by clinching a thrilling win in the Ashley Jones Memorial meeting at the Norfolk Arena in midweek. The Aussie was delighted to bounce back after a disappointing paid three return in his last Stars' Elite League outing on home shale.
'I've only really done a few meetings there and the one at Lynn (against Coventry) was shocking but it's a track I enjoyed last year,' he said. 'I was supposed to be picking up a new engine on the way to the track but I couldn't get hold of the bloke so I turned up with the wrong equipment and it showed. It's a good club and I like it there so who knows what could happen in the future. I'll just take it as it comes.
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'I want to have a good end to the season and then we'll see. If I was going to race just in the Elite I'd probably need to get myself a Polish club as well or something else if I wasn't racing in the Premier League. I'm still only 20 and this is only my second full season over here so there is no rush.'
Lynn will use rider replacement in Masters' absence at number two with Danish duo Kenneth Bjerre and Niels-Kristian Iversen fresh from competing in last night's first round of their domestic championship final. Fellow Danish finalist Mads Korneliussen picked up an injury and is replaced by Stars' old boy Davey Watt. Filip Sitera partners Lasse Bjerre at reserve after completing a permanent Lynn move from parent club Coventry.
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Eagles' captain Cameron Woodward moves into the main body of the team following revised averages, with Lewis Bridger and Joonas Kylmakorpi also swapping places in the side.
'Lewis is in marvellous form and scoring plenty of points,' said Geer. 'He deserves the number five slot which will see him go out in heat 13 with Bjarne Pedersen and the top two from King's Lynn, Kenneth Bjerre and Niels-Kristian Iversen.
'I also think Joonas and Simon Gustafsson will be a better pairing, especially when you consider their individual styles and the racing lines they take.'
Eagles: 1 Bjarne Pedersen, 2 Cameron Woodward, 3 Simon Gustafsson, 4 Joonas Kylmakorpi, 5 Lewis Bridger, 6 Lukas Dryml, 7 Timo Lahti.
• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 R/R, 3 Oliver Allen, 4 Davey Watt, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Lasse Bjerre, 7 Filip Sitera.