Records at stake as King’s Lynn Stars take on Leicester Lions in new A47 derby
15:31 30 April 2014
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King’s Lynn Stars have a chance to extend their great home record when they host the Leicester Lions tonight.
Lynn have picked up maximum-points victories from all three of their home meetings this season while their visitors this evening have failed to triumph during their four matches on the road in 2014.
Newly-promoted Leicester, who track ex-Stars Mads Korneliussen and Simon Stead in their side, go into the meeting as clear underdogs and boss Rob Lyon wants to make sure his men extend the Lions’ early-term away-day blues.
Lyon said: “It’s a home meeting and we don’t want to drop any points. I’d be disappointed if we do this evening.
“We respect everybody but they’re probably a little bit weaker without Peter Ljung, no disrespect to Sam Masters, and I’m not sure how he’ll perform. But Mads, Steady and Jason Doyle will be a threat so we’ll have to up our game from how we started the meeting last week. But again, it’s all about what we do.”
Lyon has the luxury of naming the same one-to-seven for the sixth meeting in a row this term. But Leicester will use guests Masters and Ryan Fisher in place of injured duo Patrick Hougaard and Ljung.
The Lions will be hoping plenty of their fans make the trip down the A47 for the fixture. But Lyon admits he doesn’t feel like he’s preparing for a fierce derby ahead of tapes-up at the Norfolk Arena.
“Subject to Peterborough and Ipswich not coming back to the top-flight, Leicester are our nearest rivals,” said Lynn’s team boss.
“They are our local neighbours but it doesn’t feel that way. Leicester still feels a long way from us. But I can see why it’s being billed as a derby by some people.”
Leicester picked up a morale-boosting 49-41 home win over Eastbourne Eagles last time out.
Lions boss Norrie Allan said: “After our performance against Eastbourne we will be approaching the match in a positive mood.”
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Nicklas Porsing, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Robert Lambert, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Lewis Rose
Leicester: 1 Jason Doyle, 2 Sam Masters (guest), 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Simon Stead, 5 Ryan Fisher (guest), 6 Tom Perry, 7 Max Clegg