King’s Lynn duo fit to race
King's Lynn Stars' today received a double injury boost for their Elite League play-off push with skipper Olly Allen and Filip Sitera both passed fit for duty.
Allen has missed the Stars' recent action through a shoulder problem originally injured in the Scottish Open whilst Sitera suffered a broken collarbone earlier this month on domestic duty in the Czech Republic.
Stars' team boss Rob Lyon believes Lynn will need all their big guns firing for next week's key home and away derbies against Peterborough. The Norfolk Arena outfit head into the Bank Holiday period in third place with only the top four qualifying for play-offs. Peterborough will travel to Saddlebow on Wednesday needing a maximum away win to close a nine-point gap to their A47 rivals.
'Poole, Eastbourne and Lakeside look to be dead certs to me, so that means there is only one place remaining in the play-offs for either us, Coventry or Peterborough,' said Lyon. 'There are so many permutations, especially with Peterborough due to race Coventry home and away on Monday, but the bottom line is we need to win one of the two matches and Peterborough need to win them both. I am expecting them to come here and throw everything at us and give us our toughest match of the season - that's for sure.'
The Panthers will be led by triple World Champion, Nikki Pedersen, and former club asset, Troy Batchelor. Lynn track Kozza Smith at reserve for the home tie with Sam Masters stepping in for the trip to the East of England Showground and David Howe replacing Lasse Bjerre at Peterborough. Stars' chief Keith Chapman predicts two fierce battles ahead.
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'We have worked hard all season to maintain our place in the top four and we are not prepared to let all that come undone in the last few weeks of the season,' he said. 'Peterborough know we lost at home last time out and will think that we are easy bait, especially with Fillip and Olly just returning from injury, but they will be mistaken. Even if the worst does happen on Wednesday then I wouldn't be surprised to see us go and get our revenge at their place on Thursday, it promises to be nail-biting stuff for both sets of teams and supporters.'
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Gates open 6.00pm. 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. Tickets can be purchased on the night or are available in advance from klstars.co.uk.
• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels Iversen, 6 Fillip Sitera, 7 Kozza Smith.
• Panthers: 1 Nicki Pedersen, 2 Norbert Kosciuch, 3 Krzystof Buckowski, 4 Linus Sundstrom, 5 Troy Batchelor, 6 Dakota North, 7 Kacper Gomolski.