Screen and Szczepaniak set to make King’s Lynn Stars debuts at Belle Vue Aces
Joe Screen and Mateusz Szczepaniak are set to make their King's Lynn debuts tonight as Rob Lyon's Stars look to get Elite League points on the board at Belle Vue Aces.
The Norfolk Arena outfit are looking to pick up points for only the third time this season but head to Manchester in high spirits after Screen and Szczepaniak's arrival.
Lyon believes the pair can help his side get some points on the board after encouraging, but often pointless displays, in all of their seven meetings so far this campaign.
Lyon said: 'The key with Joe was whether he had the desire to want to double-up and ride in the Elite League again.
'He said he was keen to do more meetings and he's very similar to David Howe in that he adds lots of experience. He's hungry for points because points mean financial reward. He's riding well for Glasgow in the Premier League, he's got meetings under his belt and he's sharp.
'Mateusz is a polite and nice guy. He wants to be here, as a full-time asset, and he wants to ride in the Elite League. He's all set up and ready to go and that's a major plus.
'He rides in Division One in Poland but that standard is not far off the Elite League. It's obviously a decent standard and Mateusz has been picking up decent points. He's worth a gamble.'
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Lynn haven't ridden since their 51-41 defeat at Wolves on April 23, while struggling Belle Vue have only managed to complete three fixtures in a campaign that has been blighted by wet weather.
Two of the Aces' home meetings have been abandoned and Lyon admits he is slightly concerned about what state the Kirkmanshulme Lane track will be in tonight.
Lyon said: 'Their track is always in the back of your mind but thankfully the forecast looks a bit kinder.
'Providing the stock cards didn't cause too much damage at the weekend then hopefully the track will be conducive to racing and not just riding on and we can bring some points home.
'It's not a given they (Screen and Szczepaniak) will definitely get points but we go into the meeting with more confidence that we can pull something off.
'It'll give the other team members some encouragement that we've got even more solidity and there's no potential gaping holes in the side.'
Belle Vue: 1 Rory Schlein, 2 Marcel Kajzer, 3 Adam Shields, 4 Adam Skornicki, Charlie Gjedde, Linus Eklof, 7 Josh Grajczonek
King's Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Joe Screen, 3 Maciej Janowski, 4 Daniel Nermark, 5 Mads Korneliussen, 6 Mateusz Szczepaniak, 7 Kevin Wolbert
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