Stars have eyes on repeat triumph
King's Lynn Stars' hunt for a historic Premier League KO Cup treble switches to Redcar in tonight's second round, first leg. (7.30pm)Rob Lyon's visitors return to the scene of this month's 49-44 Teeside league triumph bidding to edge closer to a third consecutive KO Cup success.
King's Lynn Stars' hunt for a historic Premier League KO Cup treble switches to Redcar in tonight's second round, first leg. (7.30pm)
Rob Lyon's visitors return to the scene of this month's 49-44 Teeside league triumph bidding to edge closer to a third consecutive KO Cup success.
“It's good for the confidence of the team to have performed so well there early in the season,” he said. “We always go looking for the win, but in a worst case scenario if you put me on the spot I think if we held them to a six point loss we are more than capable of turning that around.
“Yes, it would be nice to win it for a third year but we never make any predictions. It's just one meeting at a time.”
Lynn track Polish sensation Michal Rajkowski at reserve. The Newport racer notched paid 14 on his last visit for the Wasps, including four consecutive race wins.
Redcar welcome back skipper Gary Havelock (broken ribs) after a long spell on the sidelines. Matthieu Tresarrieu made his return from a broken collarbone against Rye House last week.
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“Having their number one back in the pits obviously gives them a good boost,” said Lyon. “Tresarrieu will do a solid job too, although Robbie Kessler had been scoring well for them. We've brought the Polish lad back in and he did well round there for Newport - hopefully we can get a John-Oliver type performance.”
Lyon is ruling out ring rustiness after Lynn's rain-affected recent spell with the Stars suffering five wash outs over the last month.
“It is frustrating because riders need momentum and race fitness,” he said. “One or two have rode elsewhere but most of the other teams are in the same boat. In the league we would always like to be up near the top in the thick of the action, but that just isn't possible. We got to Edinburgh and Berwick next week so we'll have had four or five meetings on the road before our first home league fixture. The way I look at it, if we can pick up positive results we'll still be up there with the two away wins we had already picked up.”
Bears: 1 Gary Havelock, 2 Matthieu Tressarieu, 3 James Grieves, 4 Arlo Bugeja, 5 Chris Kerr, 6 Josh Auty, 7 Benji Compton.
Stars: 1 Tomas Topinka, 2 Chris Mills, 3 Daniel Nermark, 4 Trevor Harding, 5 Paul Lee, 6 James Brundle, 7 Michal Rajkowski.