New-boy Worrall’s a wonder for King’s Lynn Stars’ Elite League charge

Richie Worrall has started well at the Norfolk Arena. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Richie Worrall has started well at the Norfolk Arena. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

New-boy Richie Worrall has been tipped to move into the main body of King's Lynn's team after enjoying a fine start to life with the Stars.

The highly-rated Brit completed the maximum number of seven rides in both of his first two meetings for the Norfolk Arena club after replacing Kozza Smith at reserve.

A decent 8+1 at Lakeside was followed by an even better nine, paid 11, on his home debut during Wednesday's sensational win over Poole. And the 21-year-old's team boss Rob Lyon thinks there is still better to come from the hot prospect.

He said: 'Richie will give us that little bit of stability. I think we saw on Wednesday, once he got himself dialled in and got himself going, that his contribution was vital. It will make a difference for us, without a doubt.

'Even when he does go into the main body of the team I don't think it will faze him too much to be honest. It will give us some awesome reserves and that was one of the reasons we made the change. Richie wants to get on and improve as a rider and I feel he's got everything there I feel to make it in speedway. I think bringing him here will bring him on as a rider even more.'

A heroic display from Lynn, who ended their victory against Poole with just five men, two days ago ensured they made it 12 points from a possible 12 at Saddlebow Road this term.

Four maximum-points' victories has helped soften the blow of away losses at Poole and to Lakeside on Tuesday – the latter a defeat with Lyon was keen to get a reaction from.

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'It was a fantastic response from the team after Tuesday's disappointment. It was the perfect way to kick back into life and put ourselves back up the table,' said Lyon.

'To get the win, with the situation we faced when Mads (Korneliussen) was out, was terrific. To get all three points with that situation was phenomenal really. The reserves really (Seb Alden and Worrall) came to the fore and played a fantastic part, as did Rory (Schlein) and Niels (Kristian Iversen). It was a great team effort.

'You've just got to respond to it and get the boys focused on what they've got to do. You have to keep the thing rolling and dig deep and I think we saw that on Wednesday. The boys responded terrifically and I'm proud of all of them – it was a great performance.'

Simon Stead, sidelined after dislocating his shoulder, missed both of Lynn's meetings this week forcing the Stars to operate the rider-replacement facility and begin both fixtures with six riders rather than the usual seven.