Stars need to be solid at home, says Allitt

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King’s Lynn’s operations manager Dale Allitt says he fully understands the need for the Stars to sort out their home form this season.The club’s record around their own patch since the resumption from the pandemic has made for grim reading, with a win record of just one in three over the past three seasons.They are hopeful of resolving that problem in 2024 with their new-look team fronted by Polish star Tobiasz Musielak – and with the likes of Vadim Tarasenko and Benjamin Basso expected to adapt quickly to their new home circuit.Allitt said: “It’s been well documented and it’s painful for the fans, but it’s also painful for us for different reasons.“Without going back in history all the time, 2018 was the best year we’ve had in recent times and there was a reason for that. “It was because we had an out-and-out No.1 with Niels (Iversen), and Robert (Lambert) grew into that position as well, and we had strength in depth at reserve as well with Michael Palm Toft.“I think since Covid it’s changed a lot of things with riders being available and not being available, and it’s been a tough time, especially the last couple of years, and last year in particular. “We need to turn this place into a fortress and we’ve tried to build a side that will like racing on our track.“I think we’ve had riders over the last two or three years which you would say aren’t King’s Lynn riders perhaps, in the nicest possible way, but I think we’ve got that this year. “But every single team will be saying exactly what I’m saying – it’s that time of year, it’s like Christmas Eve, nobody quite knows what’s going to happen.“Everyone has their hopes and wishes of where you’ll be, and hopes and expectations for riders, but ultimately it’s sport, which puts all sorts of obstacles in your way. “Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don’t.“What’s very clear is you do need a bit of luck, and being in the right place at the right time makes a difference, but we know our job and we’ve got to focus on that.”The opening home test for the Stars comes next Thursday (March 28) when they host a solid-looking Leicester side in the reverse fixture from last night’s scheduled trip to the East Midlands.

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