PREVIEWING: STARS V REBELS

Tuesday May 29, 2018
Still smarting from their heavy defeat at Swindon on Monday night, the 'Cases' Somerset Rebels have little time to dwell on things as they go in a search of a much improved performance this Wednesday evening when they journey off to Norfolk to take on King's Lynn Stars.


The hosts, like Somerset, were losers on Monday, going down by 8 points at Rye House so both sides will be anxious for better fortunes.
It will be only the fourth home meeting for the Stars this season but no opposition has so far been able to breach the 40 point mark, as the Lynn side have seen off Belle Vue (53-37), Swindon (51-39) and Leicester (59-31), so team boss Garry May is fully aware of the task his side will face.

"I know that they will be missing Iversen as he undergoes treatment on his shoulder but they have drafted in Sam Masters who always wants to do especially well against us plus they also have Robert Lambert who I believe has only dropped one point at home this year so far and when you look too at the scores of Proctor and Kerr you can quickly understand why they are so tough to crack on their home patch."

The match-up between Rebels’ number one Jason Doyle and Lambert will certainly be intriguing and Lambert, recently named as the Speedway Great Britain Team reserve for the Speedway of Nations which begins next week has admitted to “relishing the prospect of going up against the world champion.” The 20 year old added “Doyley is where I want to be in the sport and his world title success was an amazing achievement. He’s now got a target on his back and I will be no different to anyone in wanting to beat him.”

The world champion-led Rebels make the trip missing Jonas Jeppesen who has been recalled for a Danish league fixture and that had left May leafing through the averages trying to find a suitable replacement. "I tried loads of different riders to see if they would do the meeting for us but there were none in the Championship that fitted the criteria who were willing to take the booking. It does mean that we are therefore going to be weaker than if we were taking our full strength side, and I can only apologise to all the fans, both our own and the King's Lynn fans for that.

"Having said that I am very grateful to Ryan Kinsley for agreeing to ride. Clearly it is a big step for him but hopefully he will benefit from the experience and the rest of the regular Rebels can step raise their games sufficiently to cover adequately. "


Teams (from)
KING’S LYNN: Sam Masters, Michael Palm Toft, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Robert Lambert, Kasper Andersen, Lewis Kerr.
SOMERSET: Jason Doyle, Jake Allen, Charles Wright, Jack Holder, Richard Lawson, Ryan Kinsley, Bradley Wilson-Dean.


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