Trio of non-King’s Lynn riders will wear the Stars’ colours for away clash at Poole Pirates
- Credit: IAN BURT
Depleted King's Lynn have been forced into tracking three guests for tonight's testing trip to champions Poole.
If it wasn't bad enough missing injured skipper Rory Schlein and number one Niels-Kristian Iversen – riding in a Danish league fixture – Dane Nicklas Porsing last night pulled out after being struck down by a bout of food poisoning. It left Rob Lyon looking for another temporary rider to wear the Stars' colours for the evening alongside Coventry's Chris Harris and Belle Vue's Josh Grajczonek – a former Pirates' rider.
Kevin Doolan quickly agreed to cover Porsing's place as an understrength Lynn look to complete a quickfire double over the team they heroically edged 48-45 at the Adrian Flux Arena last week.
Chris Holder claimed a massive 17 points that night for the south coast giants so will now line-up at number one with Davey Watt dropping down to the second riding position. Kenneth Bjerre returns for the Stars' after missing the first clash between the two clubs in the Elite League this term.
Poole promoter Matt Ford told his club's website: 'This is a big meeting for us as King's Lynn are clearly one of the title favourites and we need to keep our momentum going against these top sides.
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'Whilst they will be without Niels-Krisitan Iversen and Rory Schlein for the visit they have booked two equally good performers around Wimborne Road in Chris Harris and Josh Grajczonek.
'That keeps them equally as strong and we will need to pull on the confidence levels that we have been gaining of late. We have picked up 19 out of a possible 22 points of late and we really need to make that 22 out of 25 before we head into another break in fixtures with the World Cup on the horizon.'
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The Stars, third in the eight-team standings, are three points behind Poole and will leapfrog them in the table if they triumph by seven or more.
Poole: 1 Chris Holder, 2 Davey Watt, 3 Dakota North, 4 Kacper Gomolski, 5 Maciej Janowski, 6 Paul Starke, 7 Kyle Newman
Lynn: 1 Chris Harris (Guest), 2 Robert Lambert, 3 Josh Grajczonek (G), 4 Kevin Doolan (G), 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Ashley Morris, 7 Lewis Kerr