Young Star Bailey makes King’s Lynn senior debut at home to Swindon

Kings Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Lewis Kerr ANL-140316-191249002
Kings Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Lewis Kerr ANL-140316-191249002
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King’s Lynn boss Rob Lyon wants his side to restore some pride when they host Swindon at the Adrian Flux Arena on Thursday (Aug 18, 7.30).

The Roger Warnes Transport Stars suffered back-to-back meetings to forget against reigning Elite League Champions Poole last week as they were well beaten both home and away after going into both meetings with a patched up side.

While the Stars are set to welcome No. 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen and German racer Kai Huckenbeck back to their septet, they will again be without three of their usual riders.

Both Robert Lambert and Lewis Rose are required on Premier League duty with Newcastle while reserve Simon Lambert remains sidelined through injury.

Chris Harris and Lewis Kerr (pictured) will deputise and King’s Lynn Young Stars No.1 Josh Bailey has been handed his chance with the senior side.

After ploughing through the Elite Draft Riders list to no real avail, Lyon has revealed his frustration of searching for guests.

“I’ve got to say the lack of commitment and enthusiasm by British riders, certainly the EDR riders, is sad and disappointing,” Lyon said.

“It shows their lack of ambition to want to try and become better riders and achieve greater things in the sport.

“The amount of excuses coming out for why they can’t and won’t ride is incredible.

“We’ve plumped to go with our own home-grown rider in Josh Bailey to give him some experience and to be honest we would have used him last week if he hadn’t had a Premier League match.

“Our chances of play-offs now are slim, but you never give up until it’s mathematically impossible, so we will keep battling on accordingly.”

Meanwhile, there is also action at the Adrian Flux Arena tonight (Wednesday, August 17) as the Young Stars aim to close in on the National League play-off zone when they host Coventry Storm.

LYNN: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Kai Huckenbeck, Chris Harris, Rory Schlein, Troy Batchelor, Josh Bailey, Lewis Kerr.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Justin Sedgmen, Nick Morris, Rohan Tungate, Josh Grajczonek, Leigh Lanham, Stefan Nielsen.