Stars’ boss after a reaction in cup clash

Lynn team boss Alex Brady wants to see a reaction from a few of his riders as they step into Knockout Cup action with a first round trip to Sheffield tomorrow night.

The MacInnes Stars name an unchanged side from Monday’s defeat at Wolverhampton, and are hopeful of a better all-round display especially on a circuit which appears more suited to the majority of their team.

Lynn enjoyed a great run in the equivalent League Cup competition last year, going all the way to the Final where they were beaten by the Tigers over two legs.

Unveiling of the King's Lynn Stars speedway team for 2023...Alex Brady. (61279163)
Unveiling of the King’s Lynn Stars speedway team for 2023…Alex Brady. (61279163)

Alex Brady said: “They’ve started incredibly well so we need to go there and look to keep it as tight as we possibly can.

“Obviously we’ll be going there with the intention to win, but realistically if we can keep it to within a reasonable deficit for when we go back to King’s Lynn in a couple of Mondays time then it’s all to play for.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge, but we’re looking for a few riders to put things right from the meeting at Wolverhampton.

“Nicolai (Klindt) is looking forward to going, and Picko (Josh Pickering) as well goes well there, so I think we’ll see a slightly different story to what we saw on Monday.”

This year, the sides were due to meet at the Adrian Flux Arena last week only to be frustrated by the weather, and that means the Stars will now host the second leg on Monday April 24.

So they will be looking to keep the tie within range in South Yorkshire, against a Sheffield side who made a blistering start to the season with home and away wins over Belle Vue in the Premiership.

The Tigers have brought in Frenchman David Bellego and Rising Star Dan Gilkes over the winter, and once again have former Stars’ rider Lewis Kerr in their ranks.