King’s Lynn’s Masters eyes Poole upset
King's Lynn reserve Sam Masters is banking on some inside knowledge tipping the balance in tonight's Elite League play-off, semi-final second leg at Poole. (7.30pm)
Rob Lyon's men head to Dorset with a three point lead after Pirates' duo Chris Holder and Darcy Ward dragged the favourites back into the contest with a late surge at the Norfolk Arena. Compatriot Masters partnered the duo on a guest Elite League booking for Poole earlier this month – notable for opponents' Belle Vue's shock away win. The 20-year-old hopes the omens are good in order to prolong the Stars' play-off involvement in their debut top flight season.
'I've done Davey Watt's testimonial and that Elite League meeting and it went okay,' said Masters, who scored a useful paid eight against the Aces at Wimborne Road. 'I just need to do that again and have some fun. It's a very different track to King's Lynn. It's definitely not as grippy. King's Lynn has a different set up, but like I say I managed to go well down there before. Hopefully the other reserve does his job and we'll be alright. I remember the rain came down and took away Poole's home advantage, but Belle Vue still won so that proves Poole are beatable.'
Masters sparkled in Lynn's first leg win with paid ten back at the track where he also won the Ashley Jones Memorial meeting earlier this season.
'I haven't really done that many meetings at King's Lynn this year so to go out and get ten points was really pleasing,' he said. 'At the Ashley Jones meeting I had a new engine that seemed to work. The next time I went there it felt like it was too much so I thought I'd change it and start afresh for the first leg and it worked.
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'I didn't manage to beat Darcy or Chris, but did beat everyone else in the side and to do that against Poole, who are such a professional team, has to be a good thing. Hopefully I can do it on Monday night. Obviously everyone knows what happened in heats 13 and 15 and that was a little bit hard to take, but if we go down there I really believe its about Chris and Darcy again, because the rest of their team we are good enough to beat. Even a draw puts us through, so let's see how we go.'
Masters has also established himself as Somerset's number one in the Premier League this campaign and the Aussie youngster would relish the prospect of another doubling up brief in 2012.
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'Like I say, I haven't really done that many meetings at King's Lynn - two or three at home and the odd one away but it has been a good move for me,' he said. 'They are a well run club, nice track, good people. I've enjoyed it. I'd love to double up again next season. I'm not sure where yet. I haven't made any deals with anyone yet but if it was the same teams again that would be nice.'
Poole skipper and former Lynn racer Davey Watt is poised to return after missing the first leg with a damaged hand. The winners will meet either Eastbourne or Lakeside in the final – the visitors' leading 47-46 from the first leg ahead of tonight's return.
• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Kornelliusen, 5 Niels Iversen, 6 Fillip Sitera, 7 Sam Masters.