Wash-out could hit Stars title defence

King's Lynn co-promoter Jonathan Chapman admitted yesterday the Stars' latest wash out could wreck his club's Premier League title defence.Berwick's scheduled Norfolk Arena visit this evening was called off due to a waterlogged track after torrential rain over the Bank Holiday weekend which also wrecked Lynn's derby clash at Mildenhall.

King's Lynn co-promoter Jonathan Chapman admitted yesterday the Stars' latest wash-out could wreck his club's Premier League title defence.

Berwick's scheduled Norfolk Arena visit this evening was called off due to a waterlogged track after torrential rain over the Bank Holiday weekend which also wrecked Lynn's derby clash at Mildenhall.

Lynn's fifth postponement in the last month leaves the treble winners well off the pace in the early standings.

"It's just a nightmare for us," said Chapman. "Losing all these meetings affects our league position and puts extra pressure on us. Last year we led the pack and we had started off in similar fashion this time around winning two away meetings.

"Now, through no fault of our own we are 11th in the table. If you look at the likes of Sheffield then we have to play catch up and it's going to take us a long time. Maybe we'll look back at the end of the season and say it added a little bit more drama -hopefully it works out that way."

Chapman insisted tonight's advance call off was inevitable.

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"I can't remember taking such an early decision before," he said. "But really there wasn't one to make. Let's be realistic - it has rained non stop for about four days. We put some pictures up on the website and they tell their own story. We can't physically get on the track to do anything. You would need at least a full day of sunshine to get it fit for racing and looking at the forecasts that is not going to happen.

"We had the stocks on there over the weekend and any vehicle we tried to get on the track now would just churn it up even more. The riders just wouldn't ride it. There's big ruts and grooves and it needs blading. At least the early call-off means the Berwick riders and supporters won't incur any financial expense getting down here."

Lynn now face a growing fixture pile up.

"It gives us a big headache," said Chapman. "We are looking at maybe two home meetings over one week during the summer at least, so I'd advise supporters to start saving the pennies.

"We've got Redcar here in the KO Cup next up so it'll be the week after before our fans get to see another league fixture."

The Stars' track Newport racer Michal Rajkowski for tomorrow's KO Cup second round, first leg on Teeside.

Rajkowski's match-winning paid 12 guest display earned Lynn a league success at Somerset last month.

"He did great for us that night," said Chapman. "Probably the only bright side to these rain-offs is that we can still use Premier League guests. James (Brundle) still needs one more home meeting to move his average above John Oliver's as our highest reserve."

Rebels' rider Danny Warwick is primed for the guest slot in Sunday's Premier Trophy semi final, second leg at Glasgow.