By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Monday, April 2, 2012
Stars chief Buster Chapman is warning his side to beware the threat of guest replacement Davey Watt as King’s Lynn travel to Eastbourne Eagles in their Elite League return leg tonight.
King’s Lynn started their campaign with a fantastic 59-31 win over the Eagles at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday night but will expect a much tougher test at the Arlington Stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Eagles’ number one Joonas Kylmakorpi - who was withdrawn at Lynn after he cracked his collarbone and damaged his shoulder socket during a heavy spill in heat one - proved to be a huge loss as Trevor Geer’s men received a hiding.
However, with ex-Eagle and Lakeside star Watt in Eastbourne’s line-up, Chapman admits it will be a much more difficult evening for his Saddlebow charges tonight.
Chapman said: “It was a perfect start last week. It couldn’t have been a better night - apart from the crash and injury (to Joonas Kylmakorpi) which nobody likes to see.
“It was a real team effort and performance and Mads (Korneliussen) did a fantastic job as captain. He proved us right but there was no pressure on us and it will be different tonight.
“Our tracks are like chalk and cheese and it’s going to be hard. Eastbourne is a tough place to go to. We have won there before and we can do it again but it’s going to be difficult. We might need a little bit of luck too.
“Davey Watt is a bit special around there and that’s why they’ve got him in. He’s very useful and he’ll take some beating so we’ll need to be firing on all cylinders.”
Captain Korneliussen, who scored 12 paid 15, was unbeaten on Wednesday and has been moved from number five into the middle order to partner Kevin Wolbert. Polish sensational Maciej ‘Magic’ Janowski moves up to number five while reserve Filip Sitera replaces Michael Palm Toft who failed to score against the Eagles last week.
Eastbourne have already tasted success on the south coast this season after they beat Belle Vue Aces 55-40 in their opening home Elite League fixture of the campaign.
Team boss Geer told his club’s official website: “We need to be on our guard right from the off tonight.
“Our first aim this year is to get into the play-offs and to do that you need a solid home record. I think King’s Lynn will be a much tougher test than the Aces proved to be.”
Eastbourne Eagles: 1 Davey Watt (guest), 2 Lukas Dryml, 3 Simon Gustafsson, 4 Cameron Woodward, 5 Lewis Bridger, 6 Denis Gizatullin, 7 Timo Lahti
King’s Lynn Stars: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Daniel Nermark, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Kevin Wolbert, 5 Maciej Janowski, 6 David Howe, 7 Filip Sitera
• The meeting will be shown live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm.