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King's Lynn Stars' revival part of a plan to restore pride to the club

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Co-promoter Dale Allitt said King’s Lynn Stars’ revival last week was part of a plan to restore pride to the club, something they hope to continue at home to Sheffield on Monday.

The Minors & Brady Stars have endured their most difficult start to a speedway season in many years but signs of the ‘green shoots of recovery’ emerged in a narrow loss at Sheffield which gained them a league bonus away point.

This was immediately followed by Lynn’s first home victory of the Premiership campaign versus Belle Vue last Thursday at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Scenes after heat 15. (49583300)
Scenes after heat 15. (49583300)

Allitt said the pair of performances should be taken together: “We’ve had that point at Sheffield which makes it four in the last two meetings which, when you look at our season, is good for our tally.

“It’s always been about pride and about putting the pride back into the club, and we’ve gone a little way to doing that.

“We knew we weren’t a bad team. We had a team practice the night before Belle Vue which was really good.

“We showed so much fight and spirit which is what we’ve always been about.”

He used struggling spearhead Erik Riss as an example.

The German returned for the Aces ahead of schedule from a shoulder injury to do his bit and his two race victories proved crucial – the difference between defeat and success where elite sport has such fine margins.

Allitt added: “The team spirit is good and Erik wanted to come back and be involved in that.

“You saw it with the boys all night, it was a great atmosphere.

“They were all heroes. What a race Heat 15 was, as was Heat 13. The big one was Heat 14 – Connor Mountain, wow!

“He went out and really proved a point. Lewis Kerr turned it around – from his high standards it was not his greatest night.

“But the biggest thing was the fight and the will to win.

“The last two meetings we’ve had, they showed it at Sheffield and were unlucky not to win because of a blown engine to Ricky Wells earlier, or else it would have been a different story.

“Against Belle Vue you saw the fight. Thomas (Jorgensen) put it all on the line in Heat 15 – what a great ride from him and from Richard (Lawson).”

Lynn captain Lewis Kerr and Richard Lawson are among those confirmed in the 2021 Sports Insure British Final, which takes place at the National Speedway Stadium, Belle Vue on Monday, August 16. It will be live on Eurosport.

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