King’s Lynn Stars aim to get back on track against Lakeside Hammers
- Credit: IAN BURT
Runaway Elite League leaders King's Lynn will be looking to get their record-breaking season back on track tonight by beating Lakeside at the Norfolk Arena.
The Stars' hopes of picking up points from every meeting this term were derailed last week when they suffered losses at Swindon Robins and Eastbourne Eagles. But Rob Lyon's heroes can extend their 100pc home record in 2014 by beating the Hammers for a third time during a spell which has seen them make history on a number of fronts.
Fourteen triumphs on the bounce, including an away triumph over their opponents this evening, was a club best. And now Lynn will be keen to taste glory again after suffering a couple of reverses which slowed their scintillating progress.
Team boss Rob Lyon said: 'We are looking to get back on track ourselves after two defeats on the road and another three league points is our target.'
Lynn have won all 12 of their fixtures at Saddlebow Road and beat Lakeside 51-39 in their season-opener. Niels-Kristian Iversen scored a classy paid maximum of 15 on his shale last time out. So he'll be keen to impress again as he continues to pick up steam for a world championship challenge in the Grand Prix series. Reserve Lewis Rose returns after missing two fixtures with a knee injury.
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Lakeside sit second in the 10-team table but are a huge 20 points behind the Stars. They do, however, have three matches in hand. Hammers captain Davey Watt has shaken off a back problem to feature. His comeback softens the blow that Peter Karlsson will miss the fixture due to a clash with his Swedish League commitments. Reserve Adam Ellis will also be absent as he rides for Ipswich in the Premier League.
Lakeside co-promoter Jon Cook told his club's website: 'Adam will be missing as Ipswich made it a condition of King's Lynn using their race night that they would have priority of use in double-up clashes, although Adam himself had requested to ride for Ipswich anyway.
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'It's disappointing not to take our full side to Lynn but we are comfortable with our replacements and look forward to welcoming Davey back to the side.'
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Nicklas Porsing, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Robert Lambert, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Lewis Rose
Lakeside: 1 Davey Watt, 2 Richard Lawson, 3 Mikkel Bech, 4 Lewis Bridger, 5 Thomas Jorgensen (Guest), 6 Ben Morley, 7 Simon Lambert (G)