King’s Lynn Stars face champions Poole home and away in crucial clashes

Panthers speedway v Scunthorpe at Alwalton. Heat three Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen EMN-160204-113915009
Panthers speedway v Scunthorpe at Alwalton. Heat three Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen EMN-160204-113915009
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The King’s Lynn Stars face reigning speedway Elite League champions Poole home and away in two crucial clashes this week.

The Roger Warnes Transport Stars firstly travel to Wimborne Road tomorrow and then have a massive home meeting at the Adrian Flux Arena on Thursday.

Team boss and co-promoter Rob Lyon said his side must record at least three points for a home win plus an away bonus in order to keep their play-off hopes alive: “Realistically, four out of the seven points is needed.

“I think we need that if we are going to have any chance of the play-offs.

“I think we need to win all of our home meetings.”

Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt said of Thursday’s reverse at Swindon (see page 46): “The Swindon track was very different in the opening four races and I think it caught their riders out.

“We were there to capitalise on that though and we opened up a good early lead.

“We’re obviously disappointed to lose by the amount we did in the end but we always knew Swindon were going to come back at us stronger.

“When you look down the two sets of scores, they just had that extra bit of power throughout their side in the end and that proved to be the key difference.

“We’ve got a really busy period coming up during the rest of August and with meetings in hand we just need to keep fighting and pick up as many points as we possibly can.”

The unchanged Lynn Young Stars faced a tough Travel Plus National League trip to Kent last night.

The Stebbings Car Superstore side responded well from their heavy 64-26 defeat at league leaders Birmingham last Wednesday by inflicting the same scoreline on the Isle of Wight at home last Friday.

Kent have lost just twice at home in 2016 but Young Stars ace Nathan Greaves insists the side has self belief.

“Kent’s scores at home speak for themselves,” said Greaves.

“Things have been going so well at home but we know we need to start getting points in our away meetings to boost our chances of getting in the play-offs.”

The Young Stars are currently seven points behind fourth placed Cradley but have three meetings in hand over the Midlands outfit.

n The King’s Lynn Stars Supporters Club Quiz Night, which was due to be held tonight, has been postponed because of lack of interest.