King’s Lynn Stars wary of Leicester Lions’ threat on own shale
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn head up the A47 to Leicester this evening looking for their third Elite League victory of the week.
The Stars edged a 47-46 thriller at Coventry on Monday before registering a convincing 54-38 home win – which would have been even greater had Robert Lambert not suffered an early-heat retirement while coasting to part of another maximum 5-1 race win – over today's opponents on Thursday.
Team manager Rob Lyon insists his side will have to battle hard against the Lions as the Stars aim to close the gap on the play-off places.
Said Lyon: 'Leicester may be bottom of the table but they're a completely different outfit around their own circuit.
'They proved that when we went there earlier in the season and since then they've gone on to pick up some impressive results against the top teams at home.
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'We're certainly going to have to earn our points but we've got some good momentum going at the moment and we always knew this was going to be an important week.
'We've got two wins under our belts so far and we'd love to make that three, but regardless of tonight's result, there's still plenty of work to be done between now and the end of the season.'
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The Stars will once again be without Simon Lambert through injury and have secured the services of British Under-21 champion, and former Leicester rider Josh Bates, for the trip to Beaumont Park.
Meanwhile, in-form Lewis Rose drops to reserve for the clash alongside Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen.
The Lions have one of the best performing reserve duo's themselves in the top flight in Ludvig Lindgren and Paul Starke. The former was unable to ride in this week's earlier meeting between the two clubs with guest replacement Ashley Morris only scoring paid five points.
The Lions also include Polish racer Szymon Wozniak in their team once again.
He top-scored for the East Midlands club at the Adrian Flux Arena with paid nine and produced a display which left many home supporters suggesting he may be worth a Lynn team place in 2017.
Leicester: 1 Patrick Hougaard, 2 Aaron Summers, 3 Nicolai Klindt, 4 Josh Auty, 5 Szymon Wozniak, 6 Ludvig Lindgren, 7 Paul Starke
King's Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Josh Bates (Guest), 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Troy Batchelor, 5 Robert Lambert, 6 Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, 7 Lewis Rose