King’s Lynn team boss Lyon will relish Poole test

King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon senses all the pressure is on Elite League title favourites Poole tonight ahead of the Stars' trip to Wimborne Road. (7.30pm)

Lyon's men have picked up precious away points in their play-off quest at Peterborough and Coventry in recent days but face the ultimate test against the Pirates. The Dorset outfit track grand prix star Chris Holder and Lynn's former double World U21 champion Darcy Ward in a powerful home septet.

'It is a tough place to go, no question, but Belle Vue went there the other day and got a point out of them so anything is possible,' said Lyon. 'I know they will show King's Lynn the respect our team deserve. All you need is a little bit of luck on the day and you never know what is going to happen. We'll go with an open mind and let's see what we can pull out of the bag.

'It's literally one of those meetings when no-one probably expects us to get anything out of the meeting. That can work in your favour because all the pressure goes onto the home side in those situations. I think there are only two or three meetings away from home where we haven't picked up a point so we have been very consistent. You look at the table now and certainly anyone in the top seven or eight will feel they can get into those play-offs with a good run. It's going to be quite tense and shows how competitive the league is.'

Lyon was an interested viewer for Poole's Monday night televised 49-44 league defeat at Peterborough.

'It was a very similar meeting to how we went there in terms of the overall result, even to the extent of when they used the tactical ride and what gates they had so that was interesting to see,' he said. 'I wasn't really too sure how the result would go and what would be the best outcome for us in terms of the table.

'I think, ultimately, it comes down to us and what we do on the track that really matters. Peterborough were probably disappointed to lose another point at home and Poole no doubt were delighted to get an away point. Much like we were.'

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Lyon believes Lynn's success on the road in the past week underlines their play-off claims.

'It was ironic how both turned out,' he said. 'At Peterborough, it looked like the match was slipping away from us and then Olly (Allen) did the business on a tactical ride at just the right time. From that point on we made a good fist of it and possibly could have got more out of it but to be fair Peterborough just shaded it and deserved the win.

'We were happy with a point when you consider they haven't lost at home this year. It's a tough place to get anything, even though we have some ex-Showground riders. They are big points because the way we view it, its one we gain and one they lose so that is a big swing. At Coventry we went there without Niels (Iversen), so you could argue the team was weaker on paper. Again the meeting seemed to be slipping away but the tactical ride paid off and we looked to be set for possibly more points until Filip's (Sitera) bike problem.'

• Pirates: 1 Chris Holder, 2 Davey Watt, 3 Renat Gafurov, 4 Darcy Ward, 5 Dennis Andersson, 6 Jason Doyle, 7 Kyle Newman.

• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Tomas Topinka, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Lasse Bjerre, 7 Filip Sitera.