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Stars are aiming to put on a shows

PUBLISHED: 08:45 20 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 October 2010

CHRIS LAKEY

King's Lynn current crop of flying Stars will have the eyes of two of the club's greatest-ever riders on them tonight when they take on Rye House in the quarter-finals of the KO Cup.

King's Lynn current crop of flying Stars will have the eyes of two of the club's greatest-ever riders on them tonight when they take on Rye House in the quarter-finals of the KO Cup.

Terry Betts and Malcolm Simmons will be special guests at the Norfolk Arena as Lynn take on the team they beat in the final of last year's competition and who rate as one of their closest rivals in the world of speedway.

"Bettsy and I want to congratulate the team on their incredible achievements from last year and I also want to celebrate the launch of my autobiography with the fans by doing a small signing session before the meeting," said Simmons. "It's been a few years since I've been up to King's Lynn, but I'm really looking forward to it.

"I've heard so many great stories about the place lately and it will be nice to see what everyone is going on about for myself."

What's going on is a run of form that has seen the Stars surge to the top of the Premier League and prove to be untouchable around the Norfolk Arena track.

Rye House are something of a different proposition, with the memory of last season's final still fresh.

"They will be coming here to get revenge on us for spoiling their season last year," said co-promoter Jonathan Chapman. "We were the underdogs, but we beat them in the final fair and square.

"I would say that they are the underdogs this time round and I'm sure they would love to come here and spoil our party."

Team manager Rob Lyon is determined to see his side build up a healthy lead to take to Hoddeson for the second leg on Saturday.

"Rye House have never really performed that well at King's Lynn, but they will be determined to surprise us this time round," said Lyon. "Remember, we need to build up a big lead to give ourselves a chance of reaching the semi-finals because they usually perform extremely well at home - I would say a 20-point lead is the minimum we should be looking for."

Rye House's team has changed only slightly from last year, with the Rockets managing to keep four of their league winning team. Edward Kennett now leads the team along with Chris Neath, with Ross Brady their third heat leader. They have the league's best reserve, currently averaging over 8.5 points per meeting, in Steve Boxall and have just signed a good replacement for Luke Bowen at reserve with Ben Powell coming in,

The winners go into a semi-final draw next week with the possibility of facing Mildenhall, Somerset, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh or Sheffield.

Stars home: 1 Daniel Nermark, 2 Trevor Harding, 3 Troy Batchelor, 4 Kevin Doolan, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Chris Mills, 7 John Oliver.

Stars away: 1 Daniel Nermark, 2 Troy Batchelor, 3 Trevor Harding, 4 Kevin Doolan, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Chris Mills, 7 John Oliver.

Rockets home and away: 1 Edward Kennett, 2 rider replacement, 3 Ross Brady, 4 Tommy Allen, 5 Chris Neath, 6 Ben Powell, 7 Steve Boxall.


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