King’s Lynn Stars must show no fear in their Knockout Cup tie at Wolverhampton, says Dale Allitt
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King's Lynn Stars boss Dale Allitt says his side should show no fear when they travel to Wolverhampton for the first leg of their Knockout Cup tie tonight (7.30pm).
The Stars have picked up plenty of momentum since their league visit to Monmore Green last month, winning all four of their meetings since. Allitt is hoping to keep the tie as close as possible ahead of the second leg at The Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday, June 14 and says gating will be of high importance.
'We obviously need to improve on our last performance at Wolverhampton where we lost heavily (59-30) and we need to be sharper out of the starts,' said Allitt. 'Wolverhampton is always a tough place to go to but we're starting to ride with a bit of confidence now so the team are up for it. If we can't get the win, then the aim is to keep it as tight as we possibly can to give us a good chance for when they come to our place in a couple of weeks.'
Wolverhampton have booked Scott Nicholls to guest at No.1 in place of Grand Prix star Freddie Lindgren who is out with a knee injury.
The Stars will be captained this evening by Robert Lambert, who picked up 12 points for Great Britain on Saturday in their World Under-21 Team Cup semi-final in Pocking.
Lambert and Swindon's Adam Ellis both won two races and had three second places at the German venue as their side finished as runners-up on the day, seven points behind winners Australia.
But their 40-point total was still a good one in a competition where the best second-placed team also qualifies for the final.
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With the opposition below them coming exclusively from Germany – Russia did not compete as planned – GB were able to rack up a strong total, with the other semi-final in Denmark being abandoned after ten races due to the weather.
The result from that meeting stood with the hosts on 24 points, whilst second-placed Sweden had 17. The final takes place at Rybnik in Poland on September 2.
Wolverhampton: Scott Nicholls, Kyle Howarth, Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorssell, Sam Masters, Mark Riss, Nathan Greaves
King's Lynn: Chris Holder, Lewis Rose, Nicklas Porsing, Troy Batchelor, Robert Lambert, Kai Huckenbeck, Simon Lambert.