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20th June 2017

Basement side Leicester Lions provide the opposition for the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates at Wimborne Road on Wednesday (21st June, 7.30pm).

The Lions denied Poole an away victory at the beginning of the month when Kim Nilsson and Danny King combined for a last heat 5-1 to square the scores on the night at Beaumont Park.

King, who is carrying an injury, relinquished his British title on Monday night to Craig Cook, thus making this his first meeting for a year without the pressures of being the nation's number one.

The Lions captain will come up against two of his British Final opponents in Poole's latest signing Paul Starke and their reserve guest Carl Wilkinson whilst Jason Garrity who ahead of the league's new averages which are due to come into effect from Friday is currently ranked third in the visitors one to seven, withdrew from his final ride in Manchester.

Starke's return to Poole was met with some shock as it is local favourite Kyle Newman that he is replacing and Poole boss Matt Ford is acutely aware of the extra pressure that brings on Starke.
"Paul knows, as well as anyone, that this is a points-driven business and I made it perfectly clear to him that I didn’t want to be put in a position where I have to make one of those 'I am sorry' type of calls to him. So for sure there will be a lot of pressure on him tonight."
"Equally though there is pressure on all the lads as all too often this season we have not been finishing teams off when we have been in a position to do so, take our trip to Leicester for example. I believe we need to find a more ruthless streak to our performances"

Wednesday's meeting is another opportunity for Pole Grzegorz Zengota to give Ford further selection headaches. "Zengi" is currently on a 28-day temporary signing for Krzysztof Kasprzak who returned from injury at the weekend for his Polish club but should Zengota hit the big scores during his limited time with the Pirates then Ford might well be persuaded to reshuffle his cards.

Teams (from)
Poole - Hans Andersen (Capt), Jack Holder, Brady Kurtz, Paul Starke, Grzegorz Zengota, James Shanes, Carl Wilkinson (Guest) - Team manager Neil Middleditch
Leicester - Lasse Bjerre, Jason Garrity, Kim Nilsson, Danny King (Capt), Erik Riss, Danny Ayres, Josh Bates - Team manager Jim Lynch

League table

Pos  Club  M W D L 4W 3W D 1L L Pts
1 Swindon 28 11 1 2 5 3 0 3 3 66
2 Wolverhampton 28 13 0 1 4 1 0 5 4 63
3 Belle Vue 28 10 1 3 3 4 0 3 4 58
4 Poole 28 8 0 6 3 2 3 2 4 50
5 Rye House 28 12 0 2 1 2 0 2 9 48
6 Somerset 28 7 1 6 0 3 0 1 10 32
7 King's Lynn 28 5 0 9 1 3 0 1 9 29
8 Leicester 28 6 1 7 0 1 1 3 9 27

Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)

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