Darcy out but he'll be in the pits
KING'S Lynn Stars manager Rob Lyon is confident his injury-ravaged side can overcome mission impossible tonight.The Premier League champions are missing three key riders for the second leg of the promotion play-off final as they bid to overturn a 56-36 deficit against Edinburgh.
KING'S Lynn Stars manager Rob Lyon is confident his injury-ravaged side can overcome mission impossible tonight.
The Premier League champions are missing three key riders for the second leg of the promotion play-off final as they bid to overturn a 56-36 deficit against Edinburgh.
The Scottish outfit saw off their rivals at home on Friday night and will be confident of beating Lynn to the play-off title for the second successive year.
Captain Tomas Topinka, world under-21 champion Darcy Ward and Kozza Smith are all missing with guests Ulrich Ostergaard and Ty Proctor coming into the home line-up. But Lyon believes his side can fight back.
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He said: “Things didn't go to plan at Edinburgh in the first leg on Friday night for various reasons and now we are going to have to raise our game and fight tooth and nail to overcome the 20-point deficit at home. I know we can do it but each and every rider will have to be on top form as Edinburgh are no push over and will come here full of confidence after beating us last year in almost identical circumstances in the promotion final.”
In last year's final the Stars suffered a 17-point defeat in the first leg at Edinburgh, which proved too big a deficit to overturn with the Monarchs taking an aggregate win by three points.
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Without Ward, the Stars are facing an uphill battle but Stars promoter Buster Chapman is hoping he can make a quick recovery in order to be fit for the Knockout Cup final first leg on Friday.
He said: “Darcy has had a relatively injury free season so I suppose it had to happen some time. He went to Poland at the weekend and received specialist treatment with Torun's club physiotherapist.
“He has now returned to the UK and will continue the treatment here with a specialist in London.
“The good news is he will be in the pits at King's Lynn with his team mates on Tuesday night to give them his support and we are all hoping that after a full week's rest he will be fit enough to return to the team for our trip to Edinburgh on Friday.”
If the Stars can overcome the Monarchs tonight they will face Belle Vue in the Elite League promotion and relegation race-off, with the home leg taking place on Saturday, October 24 at 7.30pm instead of the previously advertised Sunday, and the away leg taking place on Monday, October 26.
Stars: Ulrich Ostergaard, Kozza Smith R/R, 3 Emiliano Sanchez, Chris Schramm, Ty Proctor, Linus Eklof, Jan Graversen.
Monarchs: Ryan Fisher, Michal Rajkowski, Andrew Tully, Matthew Wethers, Kevin Wolbert, Aaron Summers, Kalle Katajisto.