King’s Lynn control their play-off destiny
King's Lynn chief Rob Lyon believes the Stars' Elite League play-off fate is in their own hands ahead of tonight's Norfolk Arena return against Eastbourne. (7.45pm)
Lyon's men head the chasing pack behind leaders Poole which sees four clubs separated by just two league points in the battle to clinch a top four qualifying spot. Lynn swept aside neighbours Peterborough last week and Lyon feels they need an encore to ground the Eagles.
'There's a bit of log jam behind us at the minute so we'll be looking for maximum points,' he said. 'It's in our hands. It's what we do. You can look at results in other matches and come up with scenarios that would be ideal for us but it's down to us to make sure we get there and so far we are doing the job.
'We have to continue to do that right until the end of the normal season. The team looked fairly solid last week with the changes brought about the averages. Lasse (Bjerre) acquitted himself very well at number two and Tomas (Topinka) turned in a decent display at reserve. I think (Filip) Sitera will benefit from that and enjoy riding with Tomas, certainly at home they can be a very strong pairing. The team looks as balanced as it has done all year so it's all to play for.'
Topinka's switch to reserve brought immediate dividends with a paid seven return one of the Czech's Elite League highpoints this campaign.
'Perhaps he hasn't had the best of seasons. His performances for Workington have not been ideal, and he would be the first to recognise that I am sure, but a lot of riders go through the same thing when their confidence is a bit low,' said Lyon. 'The ironic thing is at King's Lynn that is his track and he knows every line around that place. He proved that against Peterborough and I am certainly pretty confident that he can play a major part in where we finish up at end the season with his performances at King's Lynn.'
Eastbourne can complete a rare away double after inflicting the Stars' only Elite League defeat at Saddlebow on their previous visit earlier this season.
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'They'll come with some confidence. As a team they haven't rode too often lately but they won here so that will give them a boost,' said Lyon. 'We've taken four points off them at their place by the same token. They will look to nick something for their own play-off push. It will be a tough meeting. If last week's result and performance are anything to go by we have to think we can take all three points but we need to maintain that level of consistency. Providing we can stay clear of any major problems with injuries and what have you I think we have to be in with a shout. We just have to make sure we don't slip up, particularly at home.'
Gates open 6.30pm. Parade 7.30pm; first race 7.45pm.
Admission prices: Adults �15, concessions �12, junior (aged 12 to 15 years) �5 with free entry for children aged 11 and under.
Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Filip Sitera, 7 Tomas Topinka.
Eagles: 1 Bjarne Pedersen, 2 Lukas Dryml, 3 Simon Gustafsson, 4 Lewis Bridger, 5 Jonas Kylmakorpi, 6 Cameron Woodward, 7 Timo Lahti.