King’s Lynn Stars not daunted by trip to regular Elite League high-fliers Poole Pirates
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King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon insists his Stars have nothing to fear ahead of tonight's trip to perennial title challengers Poole Pirates.
The Norfolk Arena club head south to Dorset in buoyant mood after getting their Elite League campaign off to a flier with two victories over rivals Peterborough Pirates on Good Friday.
The successes saw Lynn collect the maximum number of points on offer, seven, and Lyon is hoping to get more in the bag tonight at Wimborne Road against last season's runners-up.
The Stars' manager said: 'We couldn't have asked for a better start. We'd have probably taken four or five points, anything less would have been a disappointment, but we got seven. We can travel down to Poole with a lot of confidence and no pressure. Had we gone into the match with nothing, then it would have become daunting, but we can have a go and see what we can do.
'They've been at the top end of the table for the last couple of years, and are a good team, but we've got every chance of getting a positive result. By that I don't just mean getting points, I mean actually winning the meeting. And if we come away with nothing we'd definitely be disappointed.'
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He will come up against ex-Stars ace Darcy Ward, who has shone at Poole with his 'Turbo Twin' Chris Holder, and fellow Pirates' heat leader Maciej 'Magic' Janowsi – who rode for Lyon last term. But the Stars' chief expects the meeting to be won or lost away from the big names on show at the south coast club.
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He said: 'We've got riders who always go good around there, like Rory Schlein, Simon Stead and Nicolai Klindt. They're not going there with anything to fear. They're relishing it and looking forward to it. Rory and Niels rode for Poole as guests last year so they know what to expect around there too.
'Magic's a terrific rider with a lot of natural qualities on a bike but he's a bit of an enigma in the UK. In his first meetings for Poole he hasn't done what they're looking from him. But he's more than capable of turning in a double points-figure performance. We need to respect that but we don't want to worry about Magic or anyone else. It's down to what we do and how we perform.
'It's also important that the guys at the lower end beat their counterparts, like they did against Peterborough. If they do we've got every chance of getting a positive result.'
Poole: 1 Darcy Ward, 2 Dawid Stachyra, 3 Chris Holder, 4 Rider/replacement, 5 Maciej Janowski, 6 Kyle Howarth, 7 Rohan Tungate
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Simon Stead, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Nicolai Klindt, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Seb Alden, 7 Kozza Smith