‘Massive’ Lewis Kerr boost for King’s Lynn Stars’ away clash at Lakeside Hammers
- Credit: Ian Burt
Six of the seven riders who started King's Lynn's demolition job of Lakeside will head to Essex this afternoon looking to lay down another early-term title marker.
The Stars sent out a statement of intent to their Elite League rivals by destroying the Hammers 58-34 during their Elite League season opener at the Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday – even though they ended the night with just five men. One of those team members who was forced to withdraw from the televised clash, reserve Lewis Kerr (suspected concussion), has been declared fit to return to action in today's meeting, which starts at 1pm.
Stand-in boss Dale Allitt is delighted by the news and feels Lynn's red-hot reserve will be ready to fire on all cylinders.
'The long and short of it is Lewis was diagnosed with a grade three concussion on Wednesday after his crash (in heat five),' said the Young Stars chief who is overseeing the club's senior side in the short-term absence of Rob Lyon.
'He was never unconscious but he was sent to hospital as a precaution more than anything else. He was checked out and had been given the green light to go home about an hour later. We spoke yesterday, he'd been for a run, and he said he felt fine, so we had him reassessed by the same paramedic from Wednesday and Lewis was then passed fit.
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'First and foremost the most important thing is Lewis' health. But when it became clear that he was absolutely fine to race – on a day where all eight Elite League teams are in action – even though we had a couple of options we were always going to use him. I've known Lewis for a long time and I know he's most certainly 100pc. It's a massive, massive boost to have him back.'
Kerr won the reserves' race in his opening top-flight heat of 2015 before ploughing into the air fence on his next outing and taking no further part. Team-mate Nicklas Porsing also only made it to the tapes twice before an on-going knee/groin problem saw him retire to the pits for the rest of the fixture. Former Stars rider, and one-time Hammers ace, Kevin Doolan will guest for Porsing who will be given more time to overcome his fitness issues ahead of Wednesday's home clash against Belle Vue Aces.
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Allitt said: 'It really is important that we go there with most of our normal team and it now (having one guest, not two as expected) makes going there a very different proposition. Kevin Doolan is well known at Lynn and everyone knows how well he rides at Lakeside. So although we're disappointed that Nick can't ride, Kevin should do a very good job for us.
'Nick's knee blew up on Wednesday and it was obvious he was having problems with it. It's a long season so we don't want to rush him back. It would be better for him to miss a few meetings than do more damage and be out for a few months.'
Lakeside: 1 Andreas Jonsson, 2 Kim Nilsson, 3 Mikkel Bech, 4 Eddie Kennett, 5 Richard Lawson, 6 Adam Ellis, 7 Steve Boxall (guest)
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Robert Lambert, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Kevin Doolan (G), 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Ashley Morris