Stars have extra incentive
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon aims to put the record straight in tonight's Premier League test at Scunthorpe (7.30pm). Lyon admits a 22 point defeat at the Eddie Wright Raceway in last season's corresponding fixture was one of the low points in another all-conquering campaign for the treble winners.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon aims to put the record straight in tonight's Premier League test at Scunthorpe (7.30pm).
Lyon admits a 22 point defeat at the Eddie Wright Raceway in last season's corresponding fixture was one of the low points in another all-conquering campaign for the treble winners.
"I feel this will be a tough meeting as always," he said. "They are very strong on their own track and we haven't always done that well in the past.
"In the Trophy last year we had a win, but we lost quite hard in the league. We will go there with a point to prove and the aim of getting one league point, if not more."
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Lynn will again track Wolverhampton guest Ty Proctor if the Aussie recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in the Stars' midweek Premier League KO Cup romp over Glasgow.
Lyons' men take a 24 point lead north of the border later this month for their re-arranged second leg after last weekend's tie was washed out with Lynn two points up after eight heats.
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"It was a surprise at Glasgow that they didn't wait longer after the rain," said Lyon. "It was a quick decision to call the meeting off and I feel that it could have gone to at least heat 12 to have a result. As always hindsight is a wonderful thing.
"I have to give credit to the boys on their performance up to the call off - especially the reserves who have made an encouraging start to the season. They have been outscoring many of the opposites home and away and hopefully that will continue."
Lynn will again employ rider replacement tonight to cover for British Under-21 champion Joe Haines, but the youngster is targeting a comeback from his broken collarbone in next week's senior British semi-final at the Norfolk Arena.
Injured captain Tomas Topinka (leg) is also poised for a practice session next week back in his Czech Republic homeland ahead of returning to lead Lynn on their northern tour.
Scunthorpe have drafted in Finish racer Tero Aarnio for the injured Joel Parsons ahead of the first cross-border derby of the new campaign.
"He came to our notice when he won an individual meeting here a couple of years ago, but we did not follow it up," said Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey.
"When we contacted Tero to see if he would come over and ride for us, he jumped at the chance.
"He did not have the best of seasons last year at Berwick, but he is a racer and our track should suit him much better."
Stars: 1 Ty Proctor, 2 r/r, 3 Kozza Smith, 4 Linus Eklof, 5 Kevin Doolan, 6 Darren Mallett, 7 Casper Wortmann.