Dale Allitt hails his history makers as King’s Lynn Stars cruise through to final
PUBLISHED: 23:14 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 23:16 01 October 2018
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King’s Lynn Stars cruised through to the SGB Premiership grand final for the first time in their history with a 54-36 victory over Belle Vue Aces last night.
It gave Dale Allitt’s side a 103-77 win on aggregate and booked their place in the final against Poole Pirates, who overcame Somerset Rebels in the other semi-final.
The Stars will travel to Wimborne Road next Monday before hosting the Pirates at the Adrian Flux Arena the following Wednesday.
It has been quite a turnaround for the Stars following last year’s problems and Allitt couldn’t hide his delight at the club’s change in fortunes.
“It’s a little bit of history for King’s Lynn, which is fantastic,” said Allitt, whose side have the chance to secure an historic double in the Premiership KO Cup final, also against Somerset, later this month. “It lays the ghost of last year well and truly to bed.
“There’s a lot more work to be done over the next couple of weeks and we’ve got two finals to look forward to.”
After finishing top of the Premiership table the Stars got to decide when to be at home in the final and Allitt had little hesitation in choosing to bring the Rebels to Norfolk for the second leg.
“It’s an easy choice (to be at home for the second leg) – we know what we have to do then and we can dictate a little bit,” he added.
“It can go either way – speedway is a funny sport and you have to make calculated decisions and hopefully that will be the right one.
“We chose the home leg in the semi-final so it makes sense for us to do the same again.”
Skipper Robert Lambert led the way for his side with a return of 11+1 and the 20-year-old British champion hailed a fantastic achievement for the club.
“We had to be at the top of our game,” he said. “I had a good evening and a couple of the other boys did as well and the rest of the boys followed suit.
“It’s an awesome achievement and great for King’s Lynn. To finish the season on top going into the play-offs was great and it’s been a whole team effort.
“We had a couple of changes but not as much as previous years and that helped.
“We’ve got more support than ever before and it’s great for this area and King’s Lynn speedway.”