King’s Lynn Stars looking to beat Belle Vue Aces again to keep play-off push on track
King's Lynn will be looking to maintain their late charge for a play-off place with another victory over basement boys Belle Vue at the Norfolk Arena tonight.
The Stars have shot up to fifth in the table after a thumping 55-38 win away at the Aces on Monday secured four vital Elite League points.
Having beaten the Manchester outfit twice away and at home already this season, Stars co-promoter Jonathan Chapman believes another victory can keep Lynn's top-four aspirations ticking over nicely.
He said: 'I think we're chasing Eastbourne and we have a meeting in hand so I think we are on track - providing we can beat Belle Vue and hopefully get a point at Peterborough tomorrow.
'We have got to go into it all guns blazing, even if it won't be easy because Rory Schlein and Artur Mroczka ride really well around our track.
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'However, while they have got the potential to cause an upset, we've got to focus on what we need to do. We need to pick up all three points.'
A home victory by seven or more this evening, like the one Lynn enjoyed when they beat Belle Vue at 51-40 at Saddlebow Road in June, would give the Stars three more precious points. A win by between one to six would give the Stars just two.
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With a feisty derby clash against fellow play-off hopefuls Peterborough to come tomorrow, Chapman insists the Stars could make it another campaign to remember.
'We have got a team where every single rider has the ability to score a maximum,' said the Norfolk Arena chief.
'It's no lie that we have been inconsistent as times this season. I feel however, that we have got that sorted as the season has gone on. If, like Belle Vue, all the riders can take some of the pressure off Niels (Kristian Iversen) by chipping in with points we could have a blistering end to the season.
'We've had great results at Poole and Swindon, who are both fantastic teams, and while some people might laugh at this I think - especially as it's a long shot still - if we make the play-offs again it could be a tremendous end to the season on so many levels.'
King's Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Ulrich Ostergaard, 3 Maciej Janowski, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Daniel Nermark, 6 Kevin Wolbert, 7 Mateusz Szczepaniak.
Belle Vue: 1 Rory Schlein, 2 Josh Grajczonek, 3 Patrick Hougaard, 4 Mark Lemon, 5 Artur Mroczka, 6 Ales Dryml, 7 Renat Gafurov.
Gates open 6pm, parade 7.30pm, tapes 7.45pm.