Lyon - King’s Lynn home form is the key

King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon is under no illusions the club's stellar home form is the key to their Elite League play-off ambitions.

The Stars brushed aside neighbours Peterborough 55-41 last time out to move into second place in their bid for a top-four qualifying finish.

Lynn face closest rivals Eastbourne at Saddlebow next week – the only Elite side to win at the Norfolk Arena this campaign – and Lyon believes the margin of derby victory is a clear signal to the rest.

'Maybe it's a bit of psychological boost for us,' he said. 'Eastbourne will feel perhaps they were a little fortunate to come here last time and get three points. I'd be disappointed if we can't win the meeting.

'Certainly if the boys ride like they did (against Peterborough) there is no reason why we can't pick up maximum league points.

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'We spoke about it before the meeting the other night as a group. Our home form could take us to the play-offs now. Having said all of that, we have got four away meetings and we will try to get as much out of those as we can because there is always a possibility that you can slip up to anybody.

'The league is just so competitive. We're sitting nicely in second and we are quite pleased but we're not getting carried away.'

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Lynn's revamped riding order paid dividends against the Panthers with Lasse Bjerre forging a formidable pairing with elder brother Kenneth and Tomas Topinka grabbing an encouraging paid seven on his switch to reserve.

'I thought Lasse would be flying going to number two and if he can score six or seven points every week we will be delighted,' said Lyon. 'Tomas showed signs his confidence is starting to come back and Filip (Sitera) alongside him always give everything.

'You will not find a better three point average rider anywhere. He is capable of more than that but both reserves contributed to a good win.'

Lynn's greater strength in depth held sway with a decisive mid-meeting surge after Peterborough held the Stars during the early sparring.

'I think the way Peterborough lined up with (Troy) Batchelor at four it put a lot of pressure on the likes of (Krzysztof) Buczkowski,' said Lyon.

'We looked at certain races and felt we should get something out of this one or that one. They played their tactical with Nicki Pedersen which worked out for them, fair play, but they ran out of races to play the next one.

'That is the way it goes, I guess. We just have to worry about what we do. It was probably as good as performance as we have seen from a one to seven for a while. The track was awesome, Buster (Chapman) produced a brilliant race track.'

Lynn old boy Batchelor top scored for the Panthers but rued a blown engine when leading in heat eight that gifted the hosts' a momentum-shifting maximum.

'After that I had to set up my second bike the same way so it was frustrating,' he said. 'Me and Nicki scored some good points, but we didn't have any consistency and it cost us.

• Lynn's scheduled Elite League home fixture against Birmingham will now be screened live on Sky Sports on Wednesday, September 7.

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