King’s Lynn Stars in the mood for more success ahead of return trip to Coventry Bees
- Credit: IAN BURT
In-form King's Lynn travel to the Midlands tonight looking to secure their second victory over Coventry in three days.
The Stars made it 11 points from a possible 14 this season with a hard-fought 49-41 triumph over the Bees at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday.
And team boss Rob Lyon admits his side can head to Brandon in high spirits after collecting their third Elite League victory from four meetings in 2013 earlier this week.
'Our main priority was to win the home meeting but we didn't really want to drop any points,' said the Stars' manager. 'With all due respect to Coventry we wanted to win by more than six as if not it would have undone all of the hard work we did away at Poole and Peterborough.
'It was important for us to get the win and all three points and we managed that in the end. I think it strengthened our belief as a team that we can go anywhere and get a result really. We feel confident everywhere we go. Winning makes a big difference to you. If you get on a run and the team is riding well, the boys are up for it and they're enjoying it – it makes such a big difference.
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'Hopefully you'll see at Coventry tonight another good performance and some more points on the board.'
An out-of-sorts Bees, who have picked up just one point from their five fixtures so far, pushed the Stars all the way at Saddlebow Road before going home empty handed.
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Gary Havelock's troops went into the interval with a two-point lead before a stunning second-half, inspired by reserve Seb Alden, turned the meeting in Lynn's favour.
Lyon had warned it would be a tough encounter against the basement boys and accepts his men had to dig deep to keep up their outstanding start to the campaign.
He said: 'It's the little things that make a big difference, and it is a fine line. Coventry could have quite easily come to our place and got a draw, or nicked a win. We had a pep talk at the interval. We had a long chat about what we're about and how good we are, and what we felt we needed to do to make things right in the last few heats as a team. And it worked. The boys stepped up to the plate.
'Seb turned his meeting around completely and it made the difference. He turned from the villain to the hero, and it's just about belief really.'
Lynn, currently second in the 10-team table, will take to the shale in Coventry at 8pm.
For updates from the meeting, follow our Stars reporter on Twitter, @GavinCaney.
Coventry: 1 Krzysztof Kasprzak, 2 Aaron Summers, 3 Grzegorz Zengota, 4 Mateusz Szczepaniak, 5 Scott Nicholls, 6 Joe Screen, 7 Michal Szczepaniak.
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Simon Stead, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Nicolai Klindt, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Seb Alden, 7 Kozza Smith.