King's Lynn Stars ace Craig Cook gunning for Belle Vue Aces in Premiership clash
It’s basement side versus Premiership leaders as King’s Lynn Stars host the Belle Vue Aces on Monday night.
Poultec Stars team boss Peter Schroeck is playing down the significance of the speedway clubs’ respective positions but said ex-Ace Craig Cook, who struggled at times during Monday’s final heat decider derby draw with Ipswich, is relishing the opportunity.
Cook explained after the meeting that his current bike frames were more suited to slicker tracks and he needed to swap, while Schroeck said of Lynn’s new signing: “He is looking forward to it. He’s going to be fine.
“He had a few problems with his material, and one thing or another, and that’s what speedway riders do.
“We always want to go forwards and sometimes it doesn’t work. Today we found a solution, he will put it right and I think against Belle Vue you’ll see a different Craig Cook.”
Schroeck would like to look back at the league table when Lynn have completed some more home fixtures: “Although we’re talking about leaders, at the end of the day this is our second league match at home,” he said.
“A lot of the other teams have already had four or five league matches at home. They have to come to us. Today I was looking for the three points (Lynn got one point for a home draw; Ipswich got two).
“I’d be lying if I didn’t as we want to climb up there as quickly as we can. But if we have to do it a bit slower, we will be up there 100 per cent as we’ve got a good enough team, you know.”
Leaders Belle Vue have won six of their seven home meetings but have lost three of their four clashes on the road.
Ipswich Witches reserve top scorer Cameron Heeps, who registered 17+1 points, drove Schroeck to distraction at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Schroeck added: “A draw is like a loss but there were many positives to take away from it. The boys got stuck in and pulled it back.
“At one stage I thought it was Cameron Heeps against King’s Lynn. They had a very strong number seven. They used him very cleverly and there was nothing from our point of view we could do.
“When the situation came and I could use a tactical sub – and thank God it worked – it put us back into the match. I got the boys together and had a little chat. They tried their best and that’s all you can ask of them.
“It was a brilliant night for speedway. It’s nice to win by big points but whether it’s positive or negative, the crowd will wake up and think the track is good and it was a good night out.”