We will keep fighting to get in the play-offs, insists King’s Lynn Stars boss Rob Lyon

Niels-Kristian Iversen returns to the King's Lynn fold this evening. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Niels-Kristian Iversen returns to the King's Lynn fold this evening. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Rob Lyon has vowed to fight to the death to help King's Lynn Stars land a play-off place.

The Norfolk Arena outfit's promising season has been ripped apart by a string of injuries – and a two-point deduction for illegally using Kozza Smith as a guest against Peterborough Panthers.

But the club are appealing the Speedway Control Bureau's punishment and beat Belle Vue Aces last week to move seven points outside of the top four, with two meetings in hand on their main rivals.

And they travel to reigning Elite League champions Swindon Robins, currently second and seemingly assured of a play-off slot, determined to put everything on the line this evening.

Lynn's team boss said: 'I'm very proud of the club as we're all fighters. What's the saying? 'Winners never quit, quitters never win'. And that's a true statement actually, without a doubt.

'We will be fighting until the end until it's physically possible not to. I've had a funny feeling all season that if we manage to get there (the play-offs) then we've got a great chance of winning the thing. We've just got to get there first. But I think we deserve it as we've had a horrendous run of injuries this year and Seb (Alden) also quit the club.

'It's been one thing after the another, every single week, so we owe it to our supporters to continue fighting hard as they've been great. They've supported the club through thick and thin and it would be nice to give them something to shout about at the end of the year.'

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Lynn, sixth, are boosted by the return of Niels-Kristian Iversen and Andzejs Lebedevs who both missed Wednesday's victory due to Speedway Grand Prix qualification duty. Rider/replacement will be in operation for injured Australian Rory Schlein.

The Robins boss Alun Rossiter is full of sympathy for Lyon and Lynn's troubles this term. He said: 'You have to feel for King's Lynn really, because their season has completely been ruined by injuries. They did things right in the winter and got a good side together. I think they would have been in the play-offs for sure (had they not had the injuries).'

Swindon: 1 Hans Andersen, 2 Edward Kennett, 3 Peter Kildemand, 4 Nick Morris, 5 Troy Batchelor, 6 Kyle Howarth, 7 Max Fricke (guest)

Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Richie Worrall, 5 R/R, 6 Nicklas Porsing, 7 Andzejs Lebedevs.

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