King's Lynn Stars travel to league leaders Wolverhampton Wolves
King’s Lynn boss Alex Brady must pick up his defeated Stars troops since on Monday they head to Premiership leaders Wolverhampton.
The basement Minors & Brady Stars saw their trip to Peterborough Panthers postponed due to the weather last night.
Lynn have brought in British Finalist Ben Barker and club asset Kasper Andersen as they re-shuffle their lower order and both riders are likely to feature at Monmore.
Team manager Brady said: “Wolves is going to be hard away and then we’re back here in ten days’ time with Peterborough at home which will be another tough test.
“A few of the guys tell me Wolves is one of their favourite tracks, yes, so hopefully we can perform there. But it’s going to be a tough ask, for sure.”
It was a case of a few steps forward in the past couple of weeks – with a first home win of 2021 plus an away bonus point in two successive away trips – but one step back after Monday’s home loss to the Sheffield Tigers.
Brady added: “It was nip-and-tuck in the early stages. We were obviously slightly ahead and there were a few shared heats.
“They hit us hard in the middle section of the meeting and we just never recovered, unfortunately. We just couldn’t get out of the starts towards the end of the meeting and that proved to be our downfall.
“They don’t get much easier as we go on, but we’ve got some good riders. As I mentioned, get out of the starts, get some fresh air and we’ll be absolutely fine.”
Josh Pickering spoiled the Stars’ party with paid-13 points, and Brady commented on Sheffield’s and Edinburgh Monarchs’ upcoming racer: “He was fantastic tonight and he was very good when we went to Sheffield three weeks ago. He’s a class act.
“It was my understanding there were some background issues why he couldn’t make an immediate jump-up. Sheffield have got themselves a gem, that’s for sure.
“He’s top-drawer and is performing well in both leagues.”
Richard Lawson, newly-installed at number one, isn’t surprised by Australian Pickering’s performance.
The Cumbrian said of the 24-year-old: “Personally, I think he’s a very good rider.
“I know he hasn’t been in this top league for very long and I don’t know why. Clubs have missed a trick there, big time.
“I’ve seen him over the years and he goes well, so it did not surprise me one bit.”
Lawson and heat leader partner Thomas Jorgensen had some ding-dong battles with the Aussie: Pickering prevailed in Heat 11 but Lawson got revenge by winning the final nominated race.
Lawson added: “I was riding on a wing there - lost my steel shoe, I think, on the second lap. I got Thomas into a bit of trouble. I was just trying to survive!
“On the last lap I kind of had to close the door a bit on that in turn four. I was just trying to hang on.”