SGB Premiership encounter at Sheffield will be tough, says King's Lynn Stars' skipper
Travelling King’s Lynn Stars speedway captain Lewis Kerr says their first 2021 SGB Premiership encounter at Sheffield will be tough.
The Tigers, sitting immediately above basement side Lynn, are the only outfit the Minors & Brady Stars have yet to meet this season as the June 17 Adrian Flux Arena home date was rained off.
The Dersingham professional also paid tribute to outgoing Stars boss Peter Schroeck who he said revealed his departure on the riders’ WhatsApp social networking group.
The 31-year-old Kerr said from a personal point of view his relationship with the former Lynn and Rye House boss was good: “I made great friends with Peter and he’s a really good guy. I didn’t know much about him before he came to King’s Lynn.
“He’d ring a couple of times each week. I feel sorry for him and what-not as it’s been a very tough season.
“We changed the majority of the team and that hasn’t worked, and you look at the next thing.
“I’ll continue to touch base with him. Yes, it was a shock. He told us on our regular WhatsApp chat, wished us all the best and that if we needed anything he would help.”
Co-promoter Dale Allitt is a former Lynn senior team boss but Kerr is uncertain he will fulfil that role in the ‘Steel City’ on Thursday.
A now fully-fit Kerr after a collarbone break added: “I speak with Dale every day but at this stage I’m not sure if he’ll be team-managing.
“He’s very busy with running things at Lynn and Peterborough.
“The two meetings I had at Sheffield I’ve done really well in but it will be tough for any side so far, and we’ve been low on form and confidence.
“We’ll go and give 100 per cent like we always do. We’ve had all the changes and injuries which have made team managing very difficult.
“Now we need to get on and settle down. Any more changes would be tough.
“I had five meetings last week and now nothing before Sheffield so it’s nice to have a rest.
“My collarbone feels really good and will feel better after a week of recovery.”
Erik Riss told The Lynn News he is struggling to make Thursday’s trip after a shoulder injury: “I probably won’t be back for Sheffield. It is still unclear at this stage, but more likely not.”
Thomas Jorgensen said he rides well around Sheffield: “It’s going to be a tough one but most of the boys like Sheffield. I’ve been there a few times. I sit wherever the dirt is, that’s where you’ll see me.”
Sheffield on Friday made a team change with Josh Pickering joining the club in place of Justin Sedgmen. Pickering has impressed with Championship side Edinburgh and his Premiership debut was set for last night’s (Monday) match at Peterborough.
Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “We feel Josh deserves an opportunity with us, and it’s a surprise he’s not had a Premiership place before.”