King’s Lynn will give Kasper Andersen as much time as he needs to recover from his hand injury.
Andersen is facing a race against time to be fit for the big Bank Holiday clash at Ipswich (2.15pm) after sitting out Monday’s tense home win over Swindon.
Simon Lambert stepped in to help his old club to a narrow victory and manager Peter Schroeck admits he wants Andersen back – but only if he’s fully fit.
Schroeck said: “We hope to have him back, but I don’t want the boy to come back too early because I don’t want his confidence knocked again.
“He’s got to be 100 per cent fit, so we’re just waiting on that for a little while to see how it goes. If we have to make a change for next week we’ll do that.”
The Poultec Stars lost their opening fixture of the season 59-31 at Ipswich and Schroeck said: “I hope it will be a different story this time. I’d like to think that the guys are in a different frame of mind, because we’re having a good run at the moment.
“I keep saying we haven’t all clicked yet, and it will happen. Whether it’s going to be Ipswich or the next one I don’t know, but it will happen.
“I’m sure we’re going to have a much better show there than last time.”
The Poultec Stars have to wait until May 20 before their next home meeting with a string of road trips before then. After Ipswich on Monday they travel to Swindon on Thursday, Wolverhampton on Monday, May 13 and Belle Vue on Thursday, May 16.
They face reigning champions Poole in their final Premiership Cup group tie when next at the Adrian Flux Arena.
λ Robert Lambert admitted he was now aiming for the world after retaining his British u21 title.
The Lynn No.1 was unstoppable at Berwick’s Shielfield Park, with six unbeaten races, to win his third title in succession.
Remarkably he also made it 18 consecutive British Championship race wins after also taking both of last year’s titles without losing a heat.
Lambert admitted: “It’s my last year in it so I had to finish it in style.
“Zach (Wajtknecht) made me work for it in the final. I went up wide to look for the dirt but it wasn’t there and he came under me.
“In the end I came past on the fourth turn.
“Obviously now I have to look ahead to the World u21 title. I’ve finished third twice, I can’t do that again.
“It’s a big year ahead with so much to go for with the Grand Prix qualification, Speedway of Nations and SEC.
“I’ve had a tough start to the season but I feel good now and my performances have improved after a few mechanical problems.”
Stress-free convalescence for Allitt
Poultec Stars manager Dale Allitt has been overwhelmed by the daily messages he has been receiving since suffering with illness.
Allitt, who helped the Stars to the league leaders position over the regular league season last year, has revealed more details about his condition.
“I suffered a virus, which had an impact on my brain,” he said. “It’s been very hard for me to deal with at times.
“I bought a new car in February and I’ve only done 70 miles in it!
“Basically I cannot do anything stressful, like managing a speedway team!
“Pete (Schroeck) is doing a great job and I thank him for what he’s doing.
“I want to come along and watch the boys. Hopefully I will crop up at King’s Lynn at some stage but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to come back.
“Speedway is pretty low in my list of priorities right now. My health is first and foremost what I have to get right.
“Having said that, I want to thank everyone who has messaged me to offer their good wishes.
“I’ve been overwhelmed. There have been so many I haven’t been able to answer them all. I just want everyone to know how much it means to me and how much I appreciate it.
“I have good days and bad days and I cannot put a timescale on when I’ll be ready to resume everything I was doing before.”
Stars keep noses in front for victory
The Poultec Stars got the better of Swindon Robins in a nip and tuck Premiership Supporters Cup meeting on Monday at The Adrian Flux Arena.
Robert Lambert, fresh from winning the British u21 title, top scored with 12+1 as the Stars continued their fine run of form with a 47-43 win.
The pendulum swung back and forth during the meeting as neither side could take the meeting by the scruff of the neck.
The Stars held a six-point lead after the reliable duo of Lambert and Erik Riss won heat 10 5-1 but the Robins hit straight back with a couple of 4-2 heat advantages as the experience of 2017 world champion Jason Doyle and former Star Troy Batchelor started to show.
Heat 15 was a crucial one with just two points separating the two sides and Lambert was the man for the occasion as he scraped the fence off turn two to get the better of Batchelor for victory.
Lambert, who has been included in Great Britain’s team for the Speedway Cup Of Nations at Belle Vue next Saturday, said: “It was a tough meeting. That’s why, when I won the toss, I chose to take gates for Heat 15 because I knew it was going to be tight at the end. Making that decision paid off for us.
“We started well but they weren’t going to let us run away with it, and we did really well to come away with the win.
“I’m proud of the boys.
“I’m finding a bit of form now. I’ve sorted my stuff out and it’s good – I just need to continue it and keep pushing the boys.”
Stars v Swindon: R Lambert 12+1, Riss 8+2, Jorgensen 7+1, Kerr 4, Proctor 2+1, Palm-Toft 11+3, S Lambert 3.