Young Stars draft Lambert for final

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Clothing Young Stars host Cradley tomorrow in the first leg of the National League KO Cup final.

The away leg is on Tuesday, September 28. Dale Allitt’s side made it through to the final stage of the competition with an aggregate victory over Stoke last month.

Stars rider Simon Lambert comes into the side to add some firepower in place of injured rider Lewis Rose and will take on the number one role.

Tom Stokes moves up into the main body of the team and will partner Marc Owen in the middle order. Captain James Cockle remains at number five with Josh Bailey being joined at reserve by Scott Campos.

Ahead of the fixture Allitt said: “Cradley have a strong team, they have shown that this season. But they can be beaten and we need to believe that going into the first leg.

“The boys are confident at the Norfolk Arena, a fast start would give us momentum that we can use.

“We are operating rider replacement for Darren Mallett which means everyone is able to take a ride. Simon is the best possible replacement we could have had at King’s Lynn.

“He has done more laps around King’s Lynn than some of our riders have in total!”

“With Tom coming out of reserve, which has put Scott (Campos) in reserve, we have still got a good reserve pairing in Scott and Josh.”

He said it will be important to take a good lead into the second leg.

This will be vital against title favourites Cradley.

“In any competition that’s the aim,” Allitt said.

“Against Cradley it is vital we get some kind of lead. As we saw with Stoke, you need some sort of cushion.”

Gates at the Norfolk Arena open from 6.30pm, with racing getting underway from 7.30pm.

Stars: 1 Simon Lambert (G), 2 Darren Mallett R/R, 3 Tom Stokes, 4 Marc Owen, 5 James Cockle (C), 6 Josh Bailey, 7 Scott Campos.

Cradley Heathens: 1 Steve Worrall, 2 Nathan Greaves, 3 Max Clegg, 4 Tom Perry, 5 Paul Starke, 6 Matt Williamson, 7 Danny Phillips.

Also on the night, the King’s Lynn ‘Poultec’ Lightning will be aiming for silverware when they take on the Stoke Spitfires for the Midland Development Cup final.

Lightning: 1 Josh Bailey, 2 Ryan Kingsley, 3 Adam Kirby, 4 Layne Cuppit.

Stoke Spitfires: 1 Shaun Tedham, 2 Sam Ward, 3 Sam Woods, 4 Ben Hewitt.