Ward is a quick healer

PUBLISHED: 11:34 04 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:20 04 March 2010

PRECOCIOUS teenage talent Darcy Ward is set for his home return at the Norfolk Arena tomorrow night as the King's Lynn Stars take on the Berwick Bandits.

PRECOCIOUS teenage talent Darcy Ward is set for his home return at the Norfolk Arena tomorrow night as the King's Lynn Stars take on the Berwick Bandits.

The 17-year-old Australian made a successful comeback from injury in the 46-44 Premier League win at Newport on Sunday and will take his place in the Stars' line-up as they host Berwick for the second time this season after the two teams met in the KO Cup quarter-final in May.

Team manager Rob Lyon is expecting Ward to be in 'full flight' as the meeting warms up.

He said: “Darcy is a special talent and although I was worried he may have been coming back too quickly he showed on Sunday that young bones heel much faster than old ones.”

“His first two rides were a little shaky but after that he was back to his normal self and made the pass of the season around Leigh Lanham in heat 13.

“On Wednesday night the fans will obviously be excited to see him back but I think it will be a big task for him to beat Josef Franc in the first heat, but by the end of the meeting I expect him to be in full flight.”

The fast-gating Franc, who beat Tomas Topinka in his last visit, has moved to number one for the Bandits while Stanislaw Burza's return has added extra strength to the team. He scored an 18 point maximum in his debut three weeks ago.

German international Frank Facher, 20, will be making his Saddlebow Road debut. In 2008 he represented Germany in the World Under 19 team championship, scoring a credible eight points in the final while beating Stars' Linus Eklof.

Finnish international Tero Aarnio has also dropped down to reserve and although he has never ridden Saddlebow particularly well before the move may give him some extra confidence.

The first half of the regenerated back straight grandstand will re-open on Wednesday night, with nine new concreted levels to view from.

“This new area is going to give fans a great view, they are going to be higher and closer to the racing plus they will be protected from the elements of the weather. Hopefully the other half of project will be completed within the next four weeks,” said Stars promoter and Norfolk Arena owner, Keith Chapman.

Stars: 1 Darcy Ward 9.41, 2 Linus Eklof 7.00, 3 Emiliano Sanchez 7.15, 4 Chris Schramm 7.89, 5 Tomas Topinka 9.25, 6 Kozza Smith 5.38, 7 Jan Graversen 4.38.

Berwick: 1 Josef Franc 8.07, 2 Frank Facher 5.00, 3 Paul Clews 6.38, 4 Stanislaw Burza 6.24, 5 Michal Makovsky 7.87, 6 Tero Aarnio 4.43, 7 Guest 4.24

Prices: Adults £12, Concessions (Disabled, senior citizens, students, 16 & 17 year olds) £9, children 15 and under free. 7.30pm start.

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