King's Lynn boss wants to “whet the appetite” for next season
King’s Lynn team manager Alex Brady wants to “whet the appetite” for next year when the Stars stage their final home meeting of the season against Sheffield Tigers tomorrow.
The Minors & Brady Stars boss and his one-to-seven need to end at the Adrian Flux Arena on a winning note to offset a disappointing campaign where Lynn have remained rock-bottom of the Premiership.
While Lynn also have a number of away meetings left, Brady needs the support of the West Norfolk faithful for one last time in 2021.
Fan reaction and support has been made difficult by Covid-19 which has hit speedway badly in general.
For example, Dersingham-based skipper Lewis Kerr and Lynn team-mate Richard Lawson are some of those affected by the withdrawal from the rest of the 2021 campaign of second-tier club Eastbourne Eagles, and Kerr has joined Redcar Bears for the remainder of the season.
Brady said: “Hopefully we’ll do our bit against Sheffield, we’ll see off this season well, and we will whet the appetite for next year.
“Generally the crowds have been pretty good. You don’t know (about how they will react) – the speedway demographic is slightly older, shall we say, so it’s difficult to know how comfortable people would feel in coming back.
“Hopefully we’ll put some gloss on this season.”
He added: “Speedway in general has not been great for several clubs around the country, with the Eastbourne situation; and Wolves and Birmingham have struggled as well.
“We’re lucky that West Norfolk Council has been supportive. From what I gather, some local authorities were not as responsive to speedway but our relationship with them is very good.
“We hope Eastbourne can come back next year: it has been well documented that they have had problems with rider payments. It has affected Richard Lawson as well as Lewi.”
After their clash with fourth-spot Sheffield, Lynn on Monday are due to travel to Belle Vue Aces.
Kerr has bedded in well with the Bears as he has already top-scored with 12 points in Redcar’s 51-39 home win over Kent on Friday in the Championship.
Lawson has done likewise for new club Plymouth who defeated Newcastle – Lynn team-mate Ben Barker to the fore with 18+1 points – 48-42 during the previous week.
Redcar’s Norfolk rider Ryan Kinsley, who began at reserve this year for Lynn, had his van stolen from a hotel in Middlesbrough around 2am on Saturday.
The van has been recovered but all of his racing equipment, comprising three bikes, race clothing and numerous tools, are still missing.
It has been confirmed that Danish racer Michael Palm Toft, who helped the Stars to the 2018 Grand Final, will replace the injured Richard Lawson in tomorrow's meeting against Sheffield.