King's Lynn Stars look to break home duck against SGB Premiership newcomers Sheffield
Captain Lewis Kerr says it’s vital King’s Lynn Stars break their home duck against SGB Premiership newcomers Sheffield on Thursday.
Dersingham’s Kerr will be on the sidelines as he is aiming for a comeback during next weekend’s GP Qualifier in Glasgow after sustaining a broken collarbone.
The Minors & Brady Stars have lost their first two 2021 home meetings, and he said: “Without a doubt we need to get some points at home, start winning at home and doing what we did away at Ipswich and climb the ladder.”
On a possible Tigers’ danger-man, Kerr suggested: “Jack Holder goes very well everywhere. He’s going to be fast. They’re pretty strong at every position but Jack is flying at the moment.”
Ty Proctor knows the Sheffield club inside-out but Kerr said the team will not need tips from the Australian on riding against his former side: “Not really. To be honest we already know in their team where they have positive points and where their strengths are.
“Hopefully we will get a team practice on the track before the meeting and similar conditions to what we will have in the meeting.”
Sheffield team boss is former Lynn rider Simon Stead. This is the Tigers’ first time back at the top British level since 1988.
The news was announced in October 2019 but Covid delayed their promotion until this summer.
Stead said: “It’s been a long time coming. We’re happy to be in the Premiership. It’s a step-up for us as a club and a step in the right direction.
“We’ve got a great team together. We can’t dwell on the disappointment of not having Nicki Pedersen in the team.
“We’ve done a reshuffle and have got a great-looking line-up, ultimately.”
Stead has secured the services of ex-Stars racer Troy Batchelor and Adam Ellis, both of whom have experience of winning a British top flight title.
Stead commented: “Yes it’s important that we’ve got winners but I’ve got a team full of people that want to win.
“That’s the important thing that we’ve got a lovely balance in the team and we’ve got a strong Rising Star in Josh (Bates). We’ve got proven performers in the top end of the team in Troy and Jack Holder. A really strong middle-order, it all looks good.”
Being a local lad means even more to the former Great Britain rider: “I’m a Sheffield supporter really, a fan, and have been my whole life,” he added.
“It’s pretty special to be able to lead them into the Premiership but it would be even more special if I could lift them a trophy at the end of it.”