King’s Lynn Stars on revenge mission ahead of A47 derby double-header against Peterborough Panthers
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King's Lynn Stars return to action against Peterborough Panthers today, with one of speedway's biggest rivalries showing no sign of abating.
The A47 rivals meet in a double header, starting at Alwalton at 2pm before returning to the Norfolk Arena in the evening (7pm).
Lynn will have revenge on their minds after Peterborough beat them home and away in the same fixtures last year, while in the background are the memories of the winter of discontent between the teams over the services of Niels-Kristian Iversen – a Peterborough asset, who, despite their protestations, will spend another season on loan at Lynn.
Stars team boss Rob Lyon – who was highly critical of the Peterborough track after last season's encounter – is keen to get down to business.
'That is all history and we have to move on and be professional about it and get on with the job,' he said.
'We owe them one for last Good Friday though. Whatever happens it won't be a season defining day, but it would be good to get off to a good start.
'The clubs did have some problems over the winter over Niels and I guess it is ironic that it is close rivals involved, which just adds to the needle, but I am sure both parties want to move on.
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'Let's hope there are plenty come through the gates, at both tracks – if the fans don't come in their droves for a Bank Holiday fixture against your biggest local rivals you won't get them any time, even if it is cold. 'It is important that there are two good meetings, two good crowds and hopefully we go on from there to have a good season at our end of the A47.'
The bookies have Swindon and Poole, last season's one and two in the Elite League – to dominate again, but Lynn are being offered at odds of 6-1, which suits Lyon.
'Swindon and Poole do look strong on paper,' he said. 'Teams like Peterborough and Coventry look solid, although there may be question marks over some of their riders. Belle Vue had a terrible time last season, and have had for a few seasons, but they have put together a solid looking outfit. It is exactly that – a tight and close league, and exciting, but I would like to think we will be in the top four come the business end of the season.
'We have put together pretty much the team we wanted to, what with the points we had to work to and how we wanted a blend of experience, ability and promise and a set of guys who would mix well for a good team spirit. It would be nice to think we have done our homework properly.
'You have to have the right group – it goes without saying that if you enjoy your job your perform better. We want 100pc out of everybody, we ask no more than that, and if we get that we can say we are giving it a good shot.'