Tonight the King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars go into the second leg of the Elite Shield against Poole at the Adrian Flux Arena needing to overturn a 14 point deficit.
Manager Rob Lyon is confident his side can win the meeting.
Lyon said: “I am confident we can get a victory tonight, I will be disappointed if we don’t. Whether we win on aggregate or not is a different story, but we are certainly more than capable of doing that. I think the main thing is that the boys to get some more competitive laps and be ready for next Tuesday.
“The boys will want to make amends tonight and try and turn it over and get a win on home soil.”
On reflection of the first leg, Lyon added: “We struggled a little bit to be honest, it is early days and the track was usual Poole. We were in the meeting early on, the first half was tight but they had a couple of 5-1’s at crucial times and that was the difference.
“I don’t think we looked like a team that lost by 14 points if I am honest. If we got a 5-1 in heat 15 then it would have gone the other way and we would have lost by only six points. Admittedly we never looked like winning the meeting.
“I think it is unfair to comment at this early stage about form because it is what it is, an early season challenge.
Stars reserve Ashley Morris made his debut for the club on Wednesday and Lyon was pleased with his efforts saying: “Ashley had a bright start, looked nervous but that was expected being his first meeting back. He made a great start and looked very competitive.
“I said to him it would take a little bit of time to get dialled in and back to competitive racing, he will be fine I am sure.”
Gates at the Adrian Flux Arena will open at 6pm tonight with the parade taking place at 7.30pm. Admission prices: Adults £17, concessions £14, juniors £5, under 11 free.
Stars: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Robert Lambert, 3. Rory Schlein (C), 4. Nicklas Porsing, 5. Kenneth Bjerre, 6. Lewis Kerr, 7. Ashley Morris.
Pirates: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Dakota North, 3. Davey Watt, 4. Kacper Gomolski R/R, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Paul Starke, 7. Adam Ellis (G).
Poole Pirates 53 King’s Lynn Stars 39
The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars last night required at least a 15-point victory at the Adrian Flux Arena after going down 53-39 to Poole at Wimborne Road.
Despite taking the lead in heat two when reserve pairing Lewis Kerr and new signing Ashley Morris scored a 5-1, the Stars let their lead slip, and fell ten points behind heading into the interval.
Following a half time team talk, team manager Rob Lyon put Rory Schlein out on a tactical ride in heat 11, but the Stars captain could only manage second place behind Pirates number one Chris Holder with Dakota North taking the final point.
Lynn maintained a ten point gap between the two sides with a succession of shared heats leading into heat 15. Lynn put heat leading duo Niels-Kristian Iversen and Rory Schlein up against the home pair of North and Maciej Janowski, but it was the Pirates who came away with the advantage having won the race with maximum points.
Scores from Poole, Pirates: Maciej Janowski 11+1, Dakota North 11, Paul Starke 10+3, Kacper Gomolski 7+2, Chris Holder 7+1, Davey Watt 7, Kyle Newman 0.
Stars: Lewis Kerr 9 , Rory Schlein 9, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7+1, Nicklas Porsing 5, Ashley Morris 3+2, Kenneth Bjerre 3+1, Robert Lambert 3.