King’s Lynn Stars aiming to continue their pre-World Cup Elite League break form at Swindon Robins
It's back to the bread and butter of Elite League racing for Swindon and King's Lynn's World Cup contingent this evening.
Four members of the Robins and Stars' seven man line-ups for tonight's clash in Wiltshire starred in the sport's annual week-long competition – which was won by Poland on Saturday night.
The hosts' Jason Doyle and Josh Grajczonek were left heartbroken at the weekend when Australia missed out on a medal while Lynn's Niels-Kristian Iversen had to make do with a watching brief after Denmark failed to qualify for the final.
Yet Robert Lambert should still be riding on the crest of a wave when he gets to the tapes having helped Great Britain land their first medal, silver, in 10 years.
Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt said: 'It's a strange one really because Swindon is a track where we seem to do very well or very poorly judging by our recent results there.
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'We've near enough got a full team, Lewis Kerr is a good guest for Simon Lambert and we think Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen should go well around Swindon. We've got a good balance to the team, so we're going there hoping to come back with the points.'
The Stars kept their top-four ambitions alive with three wins in their last four outings prior to the break for World Cup week. Swindon's ambitions were dealt a major blow with three successive defeats in the same period.
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Robins team boss Alun Rossiter, also the GB manager, said: 'I really don't like using the words 'must-win' but this match is very much one that we have to win, and the boys know how important the next few meetings are going to be.'
Swindon have drafted in Adam Roynon to guest for Stefan Nielsen, who remains sidelined with a thumb injury, whilst they will otherwise be at full strength.
Swindon: 1 Jason Doyle, 2 Rohan Tungate, 3 Nick Morris, 4 Josh Grajczonek, 5 Justin Sedgmen, 6 Charles Wright, 7 Adam Roynon (Guest)
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Lewis Kerr (G), 3 Robert Lambert, 4 Rory Schlein, 5 Troy Batchelor, 6 Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, 7 Lewis Rose