Topinka's final target

King's Lynn skipper Tomas Topinka is gunning for the magnificent seven in tonight's Premier League KO Cup final, second leg against Somerset at the Norfolk Arena.

King's Lynn skipper Tomas Topinka is gunning for the magnificent seven in tonight's Premier League KO Cup final, second leg against Somerset at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)

The club's most successful ever captain bids to lift Lynn's seventh trophy since 2005 as the holder's defend a 46-44 first leg lead at fortress Saddlebow.

Topinka has an extra incentive to sign off this season on another cup high after missing last year's aggregate final success over Somerset with a hand injury.

“It was really disappointing for me,” he admitted. “I was trying to get fit for the play offs but wasn't sure if I could come back in time. I didn't honestly know how long I would be out and I didn't want to come back if I couldn't do a decent job. It was really tough watching the boys, but to hopefully go and retain it for a third year in a row proves how consistent we have been.

“We felt if we could keep it tight in the first leg - maybe stay within five or ten points - we would be confident. To actually go and get a win, even by just a couple of points, was pleasing because we know how strong we are at home.”

Somerset track Sheffield guest Ricky Ashworth in place of suspended heat leader Magnus Zetterstrom after Aussie young gun Chris Holder deputised in the West Country.

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Ashworth notched an impressive paid ten in the Tigers' recent play off semi final Norfolk Arena visit.

“It's very hard to replace 'Zorro',” said Topinka. “If it was Chris then that would be different. I was really surprised when they announced Ashworth when you think how Sheffield complained about our track in the play offs. Fair play to him for coming and having a go. They are probably still weaker overall, but he is still a good rider.”

Topinka insists he remains hungry for fresh success after leading the club through a golden era.

“Maybe when I finish I will look back and be proud about what we've achieved,” he said. “Right now, I don't look at it like that. Buster Chapman and the people at the club will be over the moon with another trophy but I never look that far ahead. It's about staying focussed on winning the next one. I'm really happy to be captain of such a successful team.

“I want to continue as well. I get asked about how long I will go on for - probably because I've been here the longest - but I'm still only 33. Bo Brhel joined the club at 28 or 29 so there's a fair few more years left in me yet. I feel fit and I'm enjoying it so hopefully that can be with King's Lynn.”

Lynn's promotion has arranged an added attraction to tie in with tonight's season finale. A selection of fairground rides will be available for hire before and after the main event.

Gates open at 6pm. Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.

Admission prices: adults £12, concessions £8, juniors (aged 12 to 15) £4 with free entry for children aged 11 and under.

t Stars: 1 Tomas Topinka, 2 Paul Lee, 3 Daniel Nermark, 4 Trevor Harding, 5 Chris Mills, 6 Adam Allott, 7 Simon Lambert.

t Rebels: 1 Ricky Ashworth, 2 Simon Walker, 3 Emil Kramer, 4 Jordan Frampton, 5 Ritchie Hawkins, 6 Stephan Katt, 7 Danny Warwick.