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King's Lynn Stars admit team building errors

King’s Lynn have bravely admitted they made team-building errors but Monday’s home derby with Ipswich gives the Stars a chance to make SGB Premiership amends.

The Minors & Brady Stars have been beset by one-to-seven problems, ranging from riders unsettled at the Adrian Flux Arena track to those standing down for various personal or work reasons.

It has resulted in many reshuffles and co-promoter Dale Allitt said the promotion made mistakes last winter.

Peter Schroeck and (R) Dale Allitt. (47975541)
Peter Schroeck and (R) Dale Allitt. (47975541)

Asked by the Lynn News if he feels let down by anyone from that initial team-building, team boss Peter Schroeck replied: “Probably. You can only go with what you think is best, you know.

“The riders who we had on board just didn’t settle here for whatever reason.

“It was tough and we had to make changes, unfortunately, because no rider is bigger than the club. We had somebody like that here so now I think we’ve got a good balance.

“We’ve got Cameron Heeps coming. He’s another one who can be a big-hitter. I’m sure once we get into the swing of it we’ll be alright. I don’t want to start panicking now, and that sort of thing.

“We haven’t had any meetings here for quite a while and we expect ourselves to come back and straight away be on the front foot but it didn’t work like that.”

Heeps was due to take his Stars bow last night (Thursday 1) at home to Peterborough and he faces his old club Ipswich on Monday.

Schroeck added of his basement side: “We’ll brush ourselves down. We’ve got Heeps starting, like I said, and the boys learned one or two things.

“It’s a team full of talent. It’s the same old thing with speedway: it’s trying to get them all firing at the same time.”

Allitt said in the Belle Vue home programme last week: “We’ve done our very best to make the right moves and yes, in hindsight, we didn’t get things right in our winter team building.

“However we made signings in good faith and hindsight is a wonderful thing but there’s no harm in my putting my hands up to you, our fans, and admitting we made mistakes. We are human.

“Buster (club boss Chapman), Peter and myself will continue to do our very best for King’s Lynn Speedway and we need to rely on you staying behind us.” Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins said after Monday’s home defeat to Wolverhampton: “Overall, we are not in a good position at all.

“We need to win at King’s Lynn on Monday and start winning meetings.”

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