Play-off woe for King’s Lynn Stars

Stars boss Rob Lyon. Picture: Ian Burt

Stars boss Rob Lyon. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Stars' hopes of reaching the Elite League play-offs were extinguished last night when Belle Vue recorded an excellent away win.

The Stars needed their rivals for the fourth and final spot to lose at Wolverhampton in their final fixture to stand a chance of reaching the end of season showdown,

But Belle Vue rose to the challenge and came away with an emphatic 57-36 success to book their place in the top four alongside Poole, Coventry and Swindon.

The Stars will now finish in fifth position whatever happens in their re-arranged final meeting.

A 46-44 defeat to Leicester Lions last Tuesday was a major blow to the Stars' play-off hopes and when they were hammered 62-30 at Poole, their fate was left out of their hands.

Stars complete their league fixtures against Swindon Robins tomorrow evening at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Lynn have been forced into changes with Niels-Kristian Iversen, Vaclav Milik and Lewis Kerr all unavailable. Leicester's Jason Doyle, who is second in the averages to Iversen, will take the number one role at the club.

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Sam Masters rides at number four in the side with Nicklas Porsing, Robert Lambert and Kenneth Bjerre completing the main body.

Reserve Ashley Morris will be partnered by Simon Lambert on Wednesday as he replaces the injured Lewis Kerr.

Stars manager Lyon said ahead of the meeting: 'Last week was disappointing for the whole club, but we need to move on from that and end our league fixtures with a win on Wednesday.

'It's a shame that we are without Niels, but there wasn't an available day before the cut-off date that he could to ride for us, so we have to make the best of the situation and Jason will do a decent job for us.

'We need to approach the meeting with Swindon as we would any other meeting, to go out there and win. The supporters deserve that and that is what I will be telling our riders.'

Gates will open at 6pm on Wednesday with the parade taking place at 7:30pm. Admission prices: Adults £17, Concessions £14, Juniors £5, Kids under 11 go free.