Lyon issues reality check for Stars fans

KING’S Lynn team boss Rob Lyon has issued a reality check ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League tussle against champions-elect Edinburgh at the Norfolk Arena (7.45pm).

KING’S Lynn team boss Rob Lyon has issued a reality check ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League tussle against champions-elect Edinburgh at the Norfolk Arena (7.45pm).

The Monarchs look set to inherit the Stars’ league crown and recently dethroned Lynn in a one-sided Premier League KO Cup aggregate clash. Lyon, however, is confident the club’s new look septet will prove their mettle at the business end of a difficult campaign, with Lynn poised for a Young Shield tilt.

“We knew it would be tough with the team we put together in August but we did that for a reason,” said Lyon. “It’s about finishing on a strong note, getting that feelgood factor back and being ready to go again in 2011.

“We had the opportunity to strengthen the team and we have taken that - in previous seasons we’ve been unable to because we have been going for so many trophies right to the end. That’s the nature of the sport and we believe we have brought in riders like Lasse (Bjerre) and Adam (Roynon) who are two great prospects for the future. Both have potential and we feel that can be to the benefit of King’s Lynn in the coming seasons.


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“We have tried to be realistic with what we have done and that means we have the Young Shield or maybe the play-offs to aim for. If you look at the table and we win our remaining home meetings and pick up a win away, then we will be in a good position to finish in a spot to perhaps pick our opponents in the Young Shield.”

Lynn lost 56-34 to Edinburgh in last month’s Saddlebow Premier League KO Cup humbling and Lyon is under no illusions the Scots will target another victory.

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“Edinburgh look like they will win the league,” said Lyon. “I don’t perhaps always agree with how they have gone about it and, for me, the signing of William Lawson is a baffling one, but they have chosen to do it that way.

“It has been tough for us at home and it has been stop, start for one reason or another. We went to Birmingham at the weekend and we hadn’t raced for 10 days. I don’t think we’ve coped as well this time around with injuries. As long as I have been involved we have had injuries to deal with but it’s how you respond that dictates how you do.”

Stars: 1 Olly Allen, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Chris Mills, 4 Kozza Smith, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Adam Roynon, 7 Cal McDade.

Monarchs: 1 Ryan Fisher, 2 Kalle Katajisto, 3 Kevin Wolbert, 4 Matthew Wethers, 5 Andrew Tully, 6 Ashley Morris, 7 William Lawson.

Club officials have confirmed dates for Lynn’s remaining home league fixtures. They host Newcastle on Tuesday, September 14 and Glasgow on Friday, September 17. Newport’s Premier League visit is yet to be rearranged, while the club’s Young Stars host Bournemouth on Sunday, September 12 with fixtures against Buxton and Newport to be arranged.

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