Lambert issues rallying call ahead of home play-off clash
Reserve rider Simon Lambert issued a rallying call to King’s Lynn fans as the Stars bid to reach their first-ever SGB Premiership play-off final.
Lynn go into Monday’s home semi-final second leg – their first October meeting since 2010 – carrying an eight-point advantage after a battling first leg at Belle Vue Aces.
“Tell your friends,” said Lambert to Adrian Flux Arena supporters, who he urged to pack out the stadium for the double-chasing table-toppers.
Lambert, who has just got married, said: “Tell all your friends. Let’s have a massive crowd for the (KO Cup) final and get everyone in for the play-offs.
“It’s a long winter. You all need your speedway fix, so get them in while you can.”
Lambert was brought in during mid-season for another spell at Saddlebow, and paid tribute to his unrelated namesake – young skipper Robert Lambert – plus his fellow riders and club: “Fair play to the boy.
“I had the pleasure of meeting his nan. She introduced herself and congratulated me. I said to her: He’s going places.
“He’s pretty level-headed and he’s got a good family behind him and got some good sponsors.
“He’s a good leader in this team as well. I’d just like to mention Ty (vice-captain Proctor, back from injury).
“Although he’s not been riding he’s still put the miles in to travel. He’s helped me.
“It’s not just the boys on the track, it’s what’s going on behind the scenes as well. A lot of people don’t realise that. A big mention to him but also the promotion and fans as well.”
Team boss Dale Allitt insists nothing will be taken for granted after Monday’s first leg 49-41 win: “It is not done by a long shot,” he added. “We are 15 races in. After seven we were 10 down and pulled it back to lead by eight, they could do exactly the same.
“We will not be complacent. Our ethic all year has been to take it one match at a time.”
Tempers flared after heat 14 with pushing and shoving but Allitt was philosophical: “We’ve kissed and made up with the mechanic, it was all okay in the end,” he said.
“I think it can be summed up in three words – pride, passion and belief.”