Dale Allitt says King’s Lynn Tru Plant Stars have put the pride and passion back into the club as they prepare to face Poole in the Premiership Grand Final.
The first leg takes place in Dorset on Monday with the decider at the Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday.
The Stars have been nothing short of sensational this year, and Allitt has full confidence in his side as they come up against the seven-time League Champions.
He said: “We chose to go with the home leg second in the semi-final, there was a method and reason why we did that. It’s worked, so why change it.
“We feel on our home track we have a big advantage, and if we do have a loss away from home then we can pull it back.
“As long as we stick to our game plan and we are top of our game, there is no reason why we can’t beat Poole and win the title.”
After securing their place in the Grand Final, the Norfolk outfit had to wait to see who would be their opposition after Aussie duo Brady Kurtz and Jack Holder were involved in a horrifying crash during the second semi-final, in Dorset.
Allitt added: “You can’t influence what anyone else does, you couldn’t influence who was to win at Poole or anyone else for that matter.
“All you can influence is what you do, so there is no point worrying about what other people do.”
There have been many occasions this season where Allitt’s side have had to recover from setbacks but the Tru Plant Stars’ boss has no doubt that the togetherness shown by his team has got them to where they’re now.
‘This team has a ‘never say die’ attitude and that’s the way we have built it.’ – Lynn Stars team boss Dale Allitt
He remarked: “This team has a ‘never say die’ attitude and that’s the way we have built it.
“It’s no coincidence, it’s not luck, you pick the right characters, the right people and you pick the people that have the complete package. People only see riders on the track but you have to see what they bring off the track too, and that’s what builds team spirit.
“The club has had some very good times. Last year wasn’t so great but we have well and truly laid the ghost of last year to rest.
“Whatever happens from here, we have put the pride and the passion back into the club and of course, we won’t take our foot off the gas because we want to win everything.
“We can be proud of what we have achieved and hopefully the fans will be as proud, as we are.”
Allitt pays tribute to beaten Belle Vue
Magnanimous Lynn team boss Dale Allitt was quick to recognise the ill fortune Belle Vue had suffered along the way while also paying tribute to his own injured stars Kasper Andersen and Lewis Kerr, writes Chris Milsom.
“I would like to add a word for Belle Vue. We have been there with injuries when we lost Niels and other riders in the past, it is just horrible because you cannot react to it,” he added.
“They threw everything at us early doors and I always knew it would be difficult. I don’t think the score represented the meeting, we hit two 5-1s and a 4-2 in the final three races.
“Their heads had probably dropped a bit by then but that’s human nature, they knew it was game over.
“Kasper has been around all the time and at away matches as a mechanic, while Lewis has been a regular presence despite having a cast on.
“They have been a big part in this year. If it wasn’t for those guys we wouldn’t be where we are and you should never forget things like that.
“We are all about our team ethic, that’s what we’re built on.”
Allitt also announced live on the BT Sport cameras that Lynn would travel for the first leg of the final (Monday) with the second leg taking place on Wednesday (October 10).
Stars trump Aces in semi-final
Premiership Play-off semi-final 2nd Leg
King’s Lynn Stars 54 Belle Vue Aces 36 (Stars win 103-77 on aggregate)
The Stars created club history by reaching their first top flight play-off final on Monday night at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The meeting started in perfect fashion with Robert Lambert and Erik Riss powering to an opening heat maximum.
That was soon followed by another maximum courtesy of Michael Palm-Toft and Simon Lambert, Lambert benefitting from a mistake by Aces guest rider Coty Garcia to take second.
That was then followed by a couple of shared heats as the Aces continued to push the Stars for every point, Steve Worrall won heat 3 before Niels-Kristian Iversen suffered fuel trouble at the start line before heat 4 but the Aces couldn’t benefit from Iversen’s absence with Lynn packing the minor places with guest Tobiasz Musielak collecting the win.
The two sides then exchanged heat advantages, but the Stars took the meeting by the scruff of the neck from heat 12, as the home side ended with a flourish. That included the trademark heat 14 victory for Thomas Jorgensen.
A delighted team boss Dale Allitt said after the meeting: “I am very proud.
“We said all year that we wanted to put the pride back into the club and the fans to feel that. Hopefully we have done it but there is a lot more to do yet.
“We keep breaking records. The club had never finished top or got to a play-off final at this level but we will stay very grounded.”
Stars: Robert Lambert 11+1, E Riss 11+2, T Proctor 6+1, T Jorgensen 7+1, NK Iversen 3, M Palm Toft 9+1, Simon Lambert 7+2.