Mallett drafted in by Stoke
KING's Lynn asset Darren Mallett has been drafted into Stoke's line up for tonight's Premier League test against his parent club at the Norfolk Arena. (7.
KING's Lynn asset Darren Mallett has been drafted into Stoke's line up for tonight's Premier League test against his parent club at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)
Mallett impressed during Lynn's Premier Trophy early season campaign and replaces Lee Smart at reserve after his recent recall by Birmingham.
Stars' racer Emiliano Sanchez insists the Premier League pacesetters will not get lulled into a false sense of security after April's 69-21 Trophy romp - Sanchez coasting to a 12 point paid maximum. The rejuvenated Potters return to Saddlebow as one of the league's form sides.
“People can say it will be another easy win for us but as soon as we think that is when you come unstuck,” said the Argentine. “We can't take anyone lightly. When I go out to race it doesn't matter if it is Stoke, Workington or any other top team. Stoke is doing well, sixth in the league, with meetings in hand and you don't do that if you are not a good team.
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“They will be a tough cookie we know because they have two or three riders who can go well around the Norfolk Arena. It's important to keep things rolling on, get another three points, and keep us at the top of the table.”
Sanchez took a rare guest booking last weekend for Scunthorpe at Rye House but the experienced racer is fully focussed on bringing trophies back to Norfolk.
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“We are favourites to win things, we know that, and we have the chance to win titles but everyone in the club knows it is going to be one meeting at a time,” he said.
“It has been superb for me so far - probably one of my best seasons since 2004 - winning races home and away. I'm giving Italy a miss at the moment. I did race a couple of times this year over their but now I have a chance to win things here at Lynn that is my main priority so I am not going back.
“I might have a look when the season finishes here in October. Recently I've had some bike problems with my frames and breakdowns but hopefully that is behind me and I'm fully confident of getting back on it.”
Lynn track Ty Proctor for injured World U21 finalist Darcy Ward. Ward faces at least another three weeks on the sidelines after fracturing his ankle in the narrow league defeat at title rivals Edinburgh.
“It is a big blow of course but looking at the fixtures August is a really busy month for us when it will be crucial to get him back,” said Sanchez. “We don't have an away meeting until Sunday week and he is a young man. At that age you heal quickly. He was in a lot of pain at Edinburgh but within two to three hours of the crash that night he was with the team laughing and smiling. That says it all about him.”
Stoke skipper Lee Complin is promising Lynn a stiffer test after his side's early season surrender. He said: “King's Lynn is a very difficult place to go to but we will be giving it our best shot.
“The key is really getting out of the start there and if we do that I'm sure we can put in a better display than we did on our last visit.”
Stars: 1 Ty Proctor, 2 Linus Eklof, 3 Emiliano Sanchez, 4 Chris Schramm, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Kozza Smith, 7 Jan Graversen.
Potters: 1 Jason Bunyan, 2 Jesper Kristiansen, 3 Klaus Jakobsen, 4 Lee Complin, 5 Phil Morris, 6 Darren Mallett, 7 Tom P Madsen.
Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.
Admission: Adults �12, concessions �9, �4 juniors (aged 12 to 15) with free entry for children aged 11 and under.