NEXT ACTION: PIRATES v STARS - Updated
Seeking to maintain their revived home form the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates are scheduled to complete their home league programme on Wednesday (30th) when they open their doors for the visit of King's Lynn.
With the play-offs still firmly in their sights the Pirates embark on their final three matches within the next three day period, commencing with the first of two fixtures against the beleaguered Stars.
When the two clubs last me it was in controversial circumstances which ultimately led to the departure of Australians Chris Holder and Troy Batchelor from the Norfolk set-up, the Pirates running out 52-40 winners on that July night, just 24 hours after the Stars had bagged a 49-44 win at Wimborne Road.
Since then the Stars have only added a further four points to their league account and whilst they have matches in hand over all their rivals they trail Poole by 11 points, although are due to ride at Rye House on Tuesday evening.
As promoter Matt Ford states "it will be two different sides this week compared to those that had victories on each other's track last month. As I said about the Belle Vue match on Monday it is a must won for us and we really need to put the play-offs into our destiny by trying to maximise our points haul this week. All the while we can keep adding points, Rye House's task becomes much harder. Mathematically of course King's Lynn could still deny us but to be honest I wouldn't be looking forward to their run-in, that said it is in our hands to stop Lynn and that is what we must do."
The Pirates have one change from the team that turned around a one-point mid meeting deficit on Monday to run out thirteen point winners over Belle Vue, with Paul Starke mandated to ride for his Championship club Peterborough and so rider replacement will operate. Likewise the Stars will operate the facility for Kai Huckenbeck who was injured at Rye House last night (Tuesday) but arrive with newly crowned European U21 champion Robert Lambert heading tbeir line-up. Lambert added that title at the weekend to the Under 19 crown he won two weeks previously, whilst making a return to his former hunting ground will be Swede Tomas H Jonasson of 2013 Pirate vintage.
The Pirates will conclude their away fixtures with a trip to King's Lynn on Thursday and a visit to Somerset on Friday.
Poole: Hans Andersen (capt); Jack Holder; Edward Kennett; Brady Kurtz; Rider Replacement for Paul Starke, Timo Lahti, James Shanes - Team manager Neil Middleditch
King's Lynn - Rider Replacement for Kai Huckenbeck, Tomas H Jonasson, Thomas Jorgense, Robert Lambert; Michael Palm-Toft, Josh Auty, Tero Aarnio - Team manager Colin Pratt
11/09 PIRATES 44 SWINDON 46
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)