Craig Cook is convinced the Stars can get the wins they need to reach the play-offs.Picture: TAYLOR LANNING.

King’s Lynn star Craig Cook insists the team are ready for one last push for a
play-off spot.

Cook was impressive on his return to former club Belle Vue on Monday but couldn’t do anything to stop the Poultec Stars slipping to defeat.

Now they head to Wolverhampton on Monday knowing they need to win away from home if they are to sneak the fourth place.

And they still have home meetings to come against Poole, on September 9, and Swindon a week later – plus a trip to Poole on Thursday, September 12.

Cook admitted: “The set-up is so critical at the National Stadium in Manchester. That’s always going to make a difference and their boys were awesome.

“I’m quite happy with my performance. I struggled early on but got going. 

“We didn’t win enough races in the end but that’s how it goes. They were just better on the day.

“We are gutted we couldn’t do better for the travelling fans. We appreciated their support, driving to Manchester for us. 

“We’ll keep going, we need to make that top four. The boys want that bad.

“We’ll throw everything at the last four meetings. They are really big now. 

“Wolves on Monday is a huge match. We know we have to get positive results.

“All our remaining matches are really hard but at this stage of the season it’s just about picking up wins and we do have the capability.”

• Stars owner Keith Chapman says the Premiership title race is still wide open.

King’s Lynn remain in contention – just – to sneak into the fourth and final play-off position.

Chapman said: “The play-off race is taking shape nicely and it seems to me the most unpredictable league in recent years. It’s so hard to call and whoever makes the top four, can you honestly predict the stand-out team who will win it? I can’t!

“That has to be good for the sport. 

“I know we only have seven teams in the top league but it’s been one of the most competitive we have seen for many years and there’s still lots to come!”

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One more ticket will be available for the final regular home season – against Swindon Robins, on September 16.

To win either an adult or concession ticket to next week’s Poole meeting, simply tell us which 2019 Star won both the U21 and senior British championships in 2018.

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Look out for the final competition in next week’s edition of your favourite free weekly read –
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Ace reserve leaves Lynn floundering

King’s Lynn team manager boss Peter Schroeck vowed his side would keep fighting, despite a tough 54-36 defeat at Belle Vue on Monday.

Craig Cook top scored with paid-12 on his former track but did not have enough back-up from team-mates who struggled to get dialled in.

Schroeck said: “It was just one of those days.
Our middle order guys had a tough afternoon and we find it hard when that’s the case.

“The Belle Vue riders are all really fast here and they were always going to come back strong after a couple of disappointing meetings.

“They also had the stand-out rider in Jaimon Lidsey, who scored
paid-18 from reserve. You just can’t account for a reserve doing that.

“We kept battling and it was tight early on but they just edged away at the halfway stage and then we fell away.

“We just need to pick up away results elsewhere now. We’ve only got two left away and we’ve got to make the most of them. We’ll keep fighting.”

Robert Lambert, returning from a serious back injury, was not his dominant self after a super-fast win in the opening heat but still managed to pick up a paid-10 score.

Classy Lynn had turned up the heat in a tense play-off race with a brilliant 55-35 win over the Aces at the Norfolk Arena last Thursday.

It took the Stars until Heat 5 to gain the lead but after that there was no stopping them, with Thomas Jorgensen leading the way with a 12+1 return.

Stars v Belle Vue: Jorgensen 12+1, Kerr 11+1, Cook 9,
Palm-Toft 8+1, Schlein 7+1,
Riss 6+1, Aarnio 2+1 

Stars at Belle Vue: Cook 11+1, Lambert 7+3, Palm Toft 5, Aarnio 5, Riss 4+1, Jorgensen 3, Kerr 1+1.