Unbeaten records at stake as King’s Lynn Stars’ home comforts face huge Swindon Robins test
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King's Lynn Stars' unbeaten home record faces its latest test when in-form champions Swindon Robins arrive in Norfolk tonight.
Rob Lyon's side have recorded maximum-points victories in all four of their Norfolk Arena meetings as they've stormed up the Elite League table in 2013. But Alun Rossiter's troops, who pipped Poole Pirates to the title after a memorable play-off final triumph, have recorded wins in each of their six matches to begin the defence of their crown.
One impressive stat will definitely come to an end tonight however, and Lyon hopes it's not the one belonging to his Saddlebow Road sliders.
The Lynn team boss said: 'Swindon keep winning and we've started well, so it's been billed as a top-of-the-table clash. It's a little bit watered down though with Mads Korneliussen missing, which is a blow. I'm sure the boys can rally around and cover for him though. Swindon are a good team, and they proved that last year and this. But if we ride to our full potential then another three points are what we have got to be looking for tonight.'
Korneliussen misses out after injuring his shoulder and backside during last week's brave 49-41 home victory over Poole. Simon Stead returns, at reserve, after missing Lynn's two matches last week and will skipper the side in the Dane's absence.
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Seb Alden moves into the main body of the team with the new averages coming into effect while the returning David Howe will ride at number two after coming in at the expense of Nicolai Klindt.
Lyon said of this week's team change: 'You don't have a squad system in British speedway. So you have to make decisions that are right for the team. It's unfortunate for Nicolai. It's not what points he's been scoring, but the way he's been scoring them. He's suffered an alarming drop in confidence, it's clear to see he's been suffering seriously. I hope he can get that confidence back sooner rather than later. David had a great start last year before injury ended his season. Everyone felt sorry for him and and now he's got an opportunity to come back in and prove to everyone he's still got it and still wants it.'
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The Robins, who host Lynn in tomorrow's return clash, will be without their number one Hans Andersen, who is riding in a European Championship meeting.
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 David Howe, 3 Rider/Replacement, 4 Seb Alden, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Richie Worrall, 7 Simon Stead.
Swindon: 1 Lewis Blackbird (guest), 2 Nick Morris, 3 Peter Kildemand, 4 Edward Kennett, 5 Troy Batchelor, 6 Kacper Gomolski, 7 Ashley Birks.