King’s Lynn Young Stars will be back in action after a three-week break as they welcome Belle Vue to the Adrian Flux Arena tonight (Wednesday 27, 7.30pm).
The Stebbings Car Superstore side snatched a dramatic 46-44 win over Kent in their last outing and will now be looking to pick up where they left-off against the Colts.
Both sides will be at full strength for what is a potentially crucial battle in the race for the National League play-offs.
Team manager Dale Allitt is anticipating another tense clash – but he hopes their lower order strength could make all the difference as they search for three more points.
Said Allitt: “It will be a tough meeting against one of our rivals for a play-off place, and obviously it brings Dan Bewley to the Adrian Flux Arena for the first time.
“I saw him over the winter in the amateur meetings but he’s come on hugely since then, and he also beat Josh Bailey twice at Edinburgh last week.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him here, and looking at Belle Vue overall they have three good heat-leaders and a very good second-string in Rob Shuttleworth who we used last year as a guest.
“The teams are not dissimilar in the way they are built – maybe we’re a little stronger at reserve, I certainly hope that’s the case, and it’s a match we need to win.”
LYNN: Josh Bailey, Scott Campos, Ryan Kinsley, Tom Stokes, Nathan Greaves, Lewis Whitmore, Shane Hazelden.
BELLE VUE: Dan Bewley, Tom Woolley, Matt Williamson, Rob Shuttleworth, Lee Payne, David Holt, Joe Lawlor.
* Lynn have reluctantly conceded their National League Knockout Cup tie against Eastbourne.
Last Friday’s second leg was postponed and finding a new date for the Young Stars to host the Eagles, with the sides also needing to meet in the league, has proved problematic.
With Eastbourne 33 points ahead from the first leg, the NL co-ordinator and Management Committee are in agreement with the decision in the interests of the competition, as it enables the KO Cup to be advanced and the Young Stars to give priority to completing their league fixtures prior to the cut-off for play-off qualification.