Lynn to face Workington in semis

PUBLISHED: 10:13 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:15 04 March 2010

KING's Lynn must overcome old boy Kevin Doolan's Workington to reach the Premier Trophy final.

Lynn will now travel to Workington on Saturday, July 11 for the first leg of their semi before hosting the Comets at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday, July 15.

KING's Lynn must overcome old boy Kevin Doolan's Workington to reach the Premier Trophy final.

Lynn will now travel to Workington on Saturday, July 11 for the first leg of their semi before hosting the Comets at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday, July 15.

Workington qualified for the last four after Sheffield denied main group rivals Berwick runners-up spot in Premier Trophy North by drawing with the Bandits in their final pool fixture.

Lynn finished 12 points clear at the top of their Premier Trophy South section. Scunthorpe face Edinburgh in the other semi-final with the Scorpions next up at Saddlebow on Wednesday in the Premier League.

Scunthorpe were thrashed 62-31 in the club's early season Trophy clash but Stars' team boss Rob Lyon will take nothing for granted.

“It was a good meeting with lots of passing but we did have Darcy (Ward) at reserve and he took six rides that night,” said Lyon.

“This time around he is at number one and Kozza (Smith) is returning for his first meeting since injury at Coventry a few weeks back. Scunthorpe have also strengthened up with a former Elite League rider, Nick Simmons, coming in at reserve in place of Byron Bekker.

“I can't see Carl Wilkinson having an off night like he did on the last visit so my prediction this time round is that the score will be a lot closer.”

Stars' asset Simon Lambert is promising a stronger showing on his second competitive return after a paid six display in the Scorpions' rout.

“I won my first race beating Chris Schramm and Christian Henry but in my second ride I blew my best engine,” he said.

“From then on I wasn't so fast but hopefully that won't happen again and I can come back this time and win a few more races. I love the circuit and really miss being their week in and week out, but saying that I really enjoy being at Scunthorpe too, they are a great team and I think this time round we can really give the Stars a run for their money.”

Lynn team chief Lyon is keen to pick up the pace after two consecutive league washouts.

“A full win is pivotal on Wednesday,” he said. “We would then close the gap to six points with an away meeting at Sheffield on Thursday before we have a two week league break.

“During that period all we can do is cross our fingers and hope that we don't slip down the league. There's really nothing more we can do about it until our busy run of four home meetings and four away meetings in July.”

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.

Stars: 1 Darcy Ward, 2 Linus Eklof, 3 Emiliano Sanchez, 4 Chris Schramm, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Kozza Smith, 7 Jan Graversen.

Scorpions: 1 Magnus Karlsson, 2 Viktor Bergstrom, 3 Simon Lambert, 4 Carl Wilkinson, 5 David Howe, 6 Jerran Hart, 7 Nick Simmons.

Lynn Barracudas hammered the Isle of Wight 68-25 in their latest National League meeting at the Norfolk Arena.

Home quartet James Cockle, Adam Allott, Darren Mallett and Scott Campos were unbeaten by a depleted Islanders' outfit who also lost guest Mark Baseby (knee) in his opening ride.

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