King’s Lynn Stars aiming to get up and running again after World Cup break at Lakeside Hammers
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn Stars will be looking to heap more Arena Essex woe on the Lakeside Hammers this evening.
Rob Lyon's men head into their first action since World Cup week knowing the hosts have lost four home meetings in a row. But Lynn have suffered back-to-back defeats on the road themselves and were also thumped 51-39 on the same track in early April.
So something will have to give come tapes up as both sides look to kickstart what is known as the second half of the season with a victory.
Lynn will again be without long-term injury victim Rory Schlein and his new replacement Vaclav Milik, who signed for the Stars on Wednesday, is unavailable. It means the rider-replacement facility will have to be deployed at number three.
Much of the visitors' hopes will rest on how Niels-Kristian Iversen – the only rider to score double figures for Lynn when the two sides last locked horns – and Kenneth Bjerre bounce back from their World Cup final heartbreak. The pair were agonisingly close to helping defend Denmark's title until the former was excluded in the final heat to allow Sweden to wrestle the Ove Fundin Trophy out of their grasp.
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Lakeside, led by World Cup winner Andreas Jonsson, are without a rider of their own with Richard Lawson in Premier League action for Glasgow. Poole's Kyle Newman comes in as a guest.
Lakeside: 1 Andreas Jonsson, 2 Kyle Newman (Guest), 3 Eddie Kennett, 4 Mikkel Bech, 5 Kim Nilsson, 6 Adam Ellis, 7 Ashley Birks
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Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Robert Lambert, 3 R/R, 4 Nicklas Porsing, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Ashley Morris, 7 Lewis Kerr
'Cupitt the star in derby win'
The King's Lynn Young Stars claimed maximum points – and bragging rights – by easing to a 57-33 win over rivals Mildenhall Fen Tigers.
Guest Kyle Hughes led Dale Allitt's National League hosts with an impressive 12-point haul from the number one position. But reserve Layne Cupitt stole the show with an almost perfect paid 11 return.
Allitt said: 'Tonight was a big step forward for Layne. I am pleased for him and I hope he can now push on and continue his development.'
Visiting Tiger Dan Halsey, who scored 12, offered the bright spots of an otherwise disappointing night for the visitors to the Adrian Flux Arena. Lynn now sit sixth in the 10-team standings while the Tigers remain fourth.