Jake’s big Knight for Stars

KING’S Lynn team boss Rob Lyon is ready to put his faith in youth again with a Premier League home debut tomorrow for teenager Jake Knight.

KING’S Lynn team boss Rob Lyon is ready to put his faith in youth again with a Premier League home debut Wednesday night for teenager Jake Knight.

The 17-year-old is drafted in at reserve for Cal McDade after impressing in the club’s National League septet this season. Knight scored paid two in a recent heavy Premier League defeat at Newport but Lyon is backing him to impress on home shale.

Lynn’s new highly-rated Danish youngster Lasse Bjerre notched paid 11 in the battling weekend defeat at Stoke after a promising British bow against Redcar.

“We got a real buzz from last week’s match, and part of that came from watching someone as young as Lasse go out and mixing it with the more experienced riders,” said Lyon. “Therefore I feel we have nothing to lose but everything to gain by giving Jake this opportunity.”

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Olly Allen is again expected to lead from the front after a paid 16 haul against the Potters, with Kozza Smith fresh from his second consecutive Elite League outing for Ipswich last night at home to Swindon. Somerset heat leader Cory Garthercole has doubled up regularly for the Robins in recent seasons but admits this could be his last at Premier League level.

“I think I’d like to do both, but with my average I don’t know if that is going to happen,” he said. “I want to finish at number one at Somerset for the rest of the season and finish off really strongly but it’s time to move up and give it a go.

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“Some people say, ‘if you move too early, it could break you.’ I look at it that if it doesn’t work out, I can come back to the Premier League and have another go.

“It would be a big, expensive thing. You’ve got to get sponsors and when you are in the Elite, they put a bit more money in because they are getting more television coverage and things like that.

“I’ve got a really good following at Swindon and really good sponsors as well.”

Gathercole was part of the Somerset quartet who finished third at Sunday’s Premier League fours. Former Lynn favourite Shane Parker led the way for the Rebels during qualifying at Peterborough but Birmingham proved too strong in the grand final.

Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.

Admission prices: Adults �13, concessions �10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.

Stars: 1 Olly Allen, 2 Adam Roynan, 3 Lasse Bjerre, 4 Kozza Smith, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Jamie Courtney, 7 Jake Knight.

Rebels: 1 Cory Gathercole, 2 Richie Hawkins, 3 Sam Masters, 4 Christian Hefenbrock, 5 Shane Parker, 6 James Holder, 7 Kyle Howarth.

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