Allitt takes positive vibes from King’s Lynn Stars’ opening matches

PUBLISHED: 17:13 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 01 May 2018

Michael Palm Toft is back in King's Lynn colours. Picture: Ian Burt

Michael Palm Toft is back in King's Lynn colours. Picture: Ian Burt

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Boss Dale Allitt wants to see his King’s Lynn side build on what he’s described as a positive start to the season when reigning champions Swindon visit the Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday night (7.30pm).

The Stars opened the campaign with an impressive home win over Belle Vue last month courtesy of a strong second-half showing.

They then travelled to Swindon and earned a hard-fought consolation league point before running current Premiership leaders Wolverhampton close on Monday.

And Allitt is hopeful of securing another victory on home ground, despite being without three of their regular riders.

“Niels-Kristian Iversen, Thomas Jorgensen and Kasper Andersen are all required to ride back home in Denmark,” Allitt said.

“But as I explained earlier in the week, this is the only time all three guys will be missing.

“We would like to thank Craig Cook and Ashley Morris for stepping in and they’re two riders who we know can ride our place well. While frustrating probably sums up our two away performances at Wolverhampton and Swindon, there are positives we can take into the rest of the season with us from those.”

Allitt was left to count the cost of a sloppy start as the Stars fell just short in a 49-41 defeat at Wolverhampton.

“It is a hard place to come, everyone knows that, but we will make no excuses,” he said Allitt. “We started abysmally in the first two heats and then fought back well but there was always that feeling we would not have enough. There were a couple of mistakes, we had a 5-1 which we blew but we won’t point any fingers because we are a team.”

Tonight, while Cook and Morris have been booked as guests, rider replacement will operate for Jorgensen. Michael Palm Toft will make his first home appearance for the Stars after re-joining the club on Monday.

Stars: Craig Cook, Michael Palm Toft, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen R/R, Robert Lambert, Ashley Morris, Lewis Kerr.

Swindon: Nick Morris, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Tobiasz Musielak, Zach Wajtknecht, Mitchell Davey.

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