Thomas Jorgensen is baffled as to why the Poultec Stars have struggled on their travels.Pictures: IAN BURT.

Thomas Jorgensen admits it has not been the season that everyone wanted at King’s Lynn this year.

After finishing 2018 as the league leaders with a haul of 53 points, it was always going to be difficult to repeat those heroics this term.

Anyone connected with the club will admit their away form has not been good enough, compared to the previous season, where they secured 20 points on the road, including five wins.

Jorgensen said: “It has been a tough season for us. We aren’t where we wanted to be, especially after the performance we had last year where we nearly won the league and finished top of the table.

“Hopefully we will still finish the season strongly and prove to everyone that we belong fighting for the medals by winning our remaining meetings against Swindon and Poole.

“I am just not happy with how the season has gone for me either. I just can’t put my finger on it, why we can’t perform away from home. 

“On the road it is mainly about the starts, as I have said many times before, which is where we have been struggling.

“That is speedway nowadays, it is all about the start and the 90 per cent of the race is won then.

“Now that we can’t qualify for play-offs, some of the boys have been testing clutches to see if that can help us make better starts away from home.

“Lewi (Kerr) uses hydraulic clutches and he let Michael (Palm Toft) test one on his own bike after our last home meeting against Belle Vue.

“It seemed to work because Tofty made two starts and he decided to buy some new clutches. You could see at Wolverhampton how much better Tofty was at gating.

“I have been thinking about testing those clutches too but with our home meeting against Poole getting postponed it meant I was unable to do any testing.

“I have sat there in my kitchen at night thinking about why my gating is so bad. 

“It can a bit of a gamble doing something completely different when you’re in the middle of the season because it is a totally different feeling. 

“However, if it works it could really change our fortunes in 2020.”


Home record set to be put to the test

King’s Lynn aim to maintain their unbeaten home record when they take on league leaders Swindon Robins on Monday, 7.30pm.

Michael Palm Toft has been struggling with injury.

The Poultec Stars have been nothing short of sensational at the Adrian Flux Arena in 2019, hitting the 50-point barrier in each of their last six meetings.

There is only one other team in the Premiership that has a home record as good as the Norfolk outfit – and that is Monday’s opponents the Robins – who have won 11 and drawn one at the Abbey Stadium this term.

However, the visitors have also been a real threat away from home, picking up 11 points, including two victories, which means Lynn will have to be on their guard on home shale.

In terms of team news, Stars’ No.1 Robert Lambert makes a welcome return to the Adrian Flux Arena after missing their previous four meetings with a back injury. 

It is also hoped that Michael Palm Toft is able to take his place in their line-up after struggling with injury while riding for Redcar in the Championship.

Swindon, meanwhile, are at full strength for their trip to East Anglia and they will be buoyed by the latest away win against Peterborough on Monday. 

• The winner of the competition for a ticket to see the Stars take on Poole was Peter Humphrey, of North Wootton. 


Play-off hope is at an end after Wolves stun Poole

Wolverhampton’s stunning win at Poole last Thursday brought an end to King’s Lynn lingering hopes of sneaking into the Premiership play-offs.

Although some will say the Poultec Stars are now only racing for pride, they still have an unbeaten home record at stake and could play a key part in deciding who finishes where in the standings.

Time is running out for fans to see the Stars in action with just two matches remaining but they are against current leaders Swindon and reigning champions Poole Pirates.

Team manager Peter Schroeck said: “It’s so frustrating for us not to make the play-offs but we need to end our season on a high note.

“I’d urge all King’s Lynn fans to come along and get right behind us.

“The main focus now is for the boys to put themselves in our thoughts for next season.

“We have already been planning for 2020 so my job now is to keep the boys focused as they’re all racing for a team spot next year. 

“We are going to have to look at a different strategy of how we are going to win away like we do at home.

“We are going to carry on doing what we have been doing at home, because we have got something good, but it is not quite good enough to make an impact away.

“We just have to analyse the situation at the end of the season and maybe make one or two changes to be able to cope with going away. 

“It is no good being at home scoring 12 or 14 points and nothing away.

“That is a big issue and we need to have more consistency.”

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