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Stars boss looking for knockout blow

PUBLISHED: 19:01 27 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon backs the Stars to land a knockout punch in Wednesday's Premier League clash against Somerset. Lyon insists his table toppers will show the Rebels plenty of respect after an impressive away win at local rivals Mildenhall last time out.

King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon backs the Stars to land a knockout punch in Wednesday's Premier League clash against Somerset.

Lyon insists his table toppers will show the Rebels plenty of respect after an impressive away win at local rivals Mildenhall last time out.

“Pound for pound this has all the makings of a good meeting,” he said. “That was a cracking win for them so confidence will be sky high. Both teams have a nice balance. Emil Kramer is really a like for like replacement for Paul Fry, Magnus Zetterstrom usually goes well and Glenn Cunningham is more than capable.

“Even using rider replacement for Glen Phillips could work in their favour if the two reserves score. We are just as confident at present after coming through a hard cup tie against Rye House. I knew it would take time to gel at the start of the season but the important thing was not to panic. We're now top of the table and in both cup semi finals - you can't do anymore.”

Swedish heat leader Daniel Nermark returns after missing Lynn's Hoddesdon KO Cup quarter-final second leg with a recurrence of his niggling ankle problem.

“Daniel says he's fine now,” said Lyon. “It's just severe bruising and swelling. He had a week off then came back and only dropped a point. We went to Stoke and he was very solid again but it swelled up after the meeting and he then crashed in his first race last week over in Sweden. You always want to steer clear of too many injuries if possible and try to keep the same line up together.”

Lyon is poised to take advantage of revised averages after Wednesday's Norfolk Arena encounter.

“Kevin (Doolan) goes to number one which should give us more options,” he said. “We can now interchange the guys riding at two, three and four to suit the different circumstances. It's something we might look at on a meeting by meeting basis. So far we've only tinkered with Trevor (Harding) and Troy (Batchelor).”

Glasgow stand between Lynn and a second successive Premier League KO Cup final appearance after the Tigers edged out Newcastle earlier this week.

“We weren't worried about whoever we faced,” admitted Lyon. “We'll approach the semi final with the same attitude that has served us so well to date - taking nothing for granted. Glasgow has two top guys in Shane Parker and Danny Bird. Kauko Nieminen is a solid back up but I'm not too sure their second string can score that heavily. Having said that, they've done the business to get this far so we know it will be tough.”

Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.

Stars: 1 Daniel Nermark, 2 Trevor Harding, 3 Troy Batchelor, 4 Kevin Doolan, 5 Tomas Topinka, 7 Chris Mills, 8 John Oliver.

Rebels: 1 Magnus Zetterstrom, 2 Emil Kramer, 3 Stephen Katt, 4 R/R, 5 Glenn Cunningham, 6 Simon Walker, 7 Ben Barker.


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