King’s Lynn Stars team boss Rob Lyon was pleased with a better performance from his troops on Wednesday, and his attention now turns to improving his side’s wretched away form.
The Adrian Flux Arena outfit have collected maximum points at home in four outings, including this week’s eight-point victory over Elite League leaders Coventry Bees.
However the Roger Warnes Transport Stars go to Leicester Lions on Bank Holiday Monday seeking their first away win of the season.
Lyon remarked: “I’ve said it all year: it’s about consistency.
“I’m looking for that all over the team. It’s not there yet, as you can see.
“It’s something we have still got to work on, but it was a much better, improved performance.”
He agreed the 49-41 Coventry result (see page 118) will give the Saddlebow Road stadum side a better chance of breaking their away duck at Leicester.
“It is, yes, and it’s a place we did really well at last year, so hopefully we can continue that sort of form.”
Lyon added that it was a useful result against a Bees side who have already won at champions Poole and Belle Vue in 2015: “Considering we have come off the back of two disappointing away results, yes, it was a turnaround for us, and hopefully we’ll take some confidence into the next match at Leicester on Monday.”
The consistency of form Lyon is looking for was almost there on Wednesday night.
Number one Niels-Kristian Iversen dropped just a point; Robert Lambert continues to improve, and was visibly cross with himself after almost taking the scalp of Great Britain and Grand Prix veteran Chris Harris in Heat 11; while captain Rory Schlein weighed in with an 11-point haul from five rides, and was unlucky to return scoreless from the final nominated race.
New reserve Ashley Morris scored useful points in three out of his four outings, and the only cause for concern was heat leader Kenneth Bjerre who notched one point in four rides.
Lyon said of Bjerre: “He’s suffering, and he’s got to get to the bottom of that.”
Of the 17-year-old Foulsham-based Lambert, he added: “It shows how far he has come from, to be that annoyed with that sort of situation.
“Opponents, whoever they are, don’t faze him too much, and it’s what Robert does on the track – that is what he is interested in.
“He was a little bit disappointed (about losing to ‘Bomber’ Harris) but six, paid nine, points is a solid contribution.”
Lyon revealed that Morris prospered after using a different engine against the Bees: “He looks a lot better and a lot sharper.”
Team P F A Pt
Coventry 8 374 351 19
Poole 5 234 208 12
Wolverhampton 5 237 215 12
Lynn 7 324 316 12
Lakeside 9 412 405 10
Belle Vue 8 357 368 9
Leicester 5 211 247 6
Swindon 5 203 242 6