King’s Lynn Stars praised by Poole chief Matt Ford ahead of trip to face his Pirates

Rory Schlein had his hair shaved off the last time Lynn rode. Picture: Ian Burt

Rory Schlein had his hair shaved off the last time Lynn rode. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Owner Matt Ford admits the best of British speedway will be on show in Dorset tonight.

The Poole Pirates supremo has turned the south coast outfit into the Elite League's most dominant force in recent years. However, the reigning champions sit third, a mammoth 17 points behind the table-topping King's Lynn Stars, who they host this evening.

The Poole chief told his team's website: 'They (Lynn) are the envy of the league with the way their team has been built. A very solid one to five but by far they have the best combination at reserve and for me that makes them the team to beat this year.'

A last-heat 5-1 victory saw the Stars edge Poole 46-44 during their early-term visit to Wimborne Road.

Poole (order tbc): Josh Grajczonek, Maciej Janowski, Vaclav Milik, Przemyslaw Pawlicki, Darcy Ward, Brendan Johnson, Kyle Newman.

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Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Nicklas Porsing, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Robert Lambert, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Lewis Rose.

Niels-Kristian Iversen's weekly column, usually published on a Wednesday, will be in Friday's eight-page Speedway World Cup preview.

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