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LAMBERT BACKS STARS FOR 16-POINT SWING

King’s Lynn skipper Robert Lambert insisted Stars’ 16-point deficit in the SGB Premiership Grand Final is “nothing we can’t bring back”.

10 / 10 / 2018, 10:16

King’s Lynn skipper Robert Lambert insisted Stars’ 16-point deficit in the SGB Premiership Grand Final is “nothing we can’t bring back” ahead of tonight’s title decider with Poole at the Adrian Flux Arena.

The British champion scored 12 points as King’s Lynn went down 53-37 at Wimborne Road in the first leg on Monday.

Stars have never won a top-flight title and this is their first appearance in a Grand Final at this level.

We are down by more of a deficit than we wanted, but it’s nothing we can’t bring back. If we all have a good day, hopefully we can bring it back.

Robert Lambert

While the odds may appear against them, Lambert is defiant going into the biggest night in the club’s history.

He said: “We are down by more of a deficit than we wanted, but it’s nothing we can’t bring back. If we all have a good day, hopefully we can bring it back. Fingers crossed, and hopefully it will go our way.”

After seeing Poole open with four straight 5-1s on Monday, he’s calling on his side to strike early too.

He said: “We can get 5-1s and hopefully hit them hard from the beginning and their heads will drop. We are capable of doing to them what they did to us, 100 percent.

"We can get off to a flier and it won’t make any difference what gates we’ve got because we know they are consistent.”

Lambert feels the toss for gate positions cost his side on Monday as Pirates flew out of the blocks.

He said: “I think if we had won the toss for gate positions, it would have probably been a different situation. If we had got off to a good start, it might have knocked their heads down and we could have kicked on from there. But we’re going to be fighting until the end.”

Lambert accepts the Poole track didn’t suit him on Monday, but the SGP 2019 first reserve is determined to pick up the pace on the King’s Lynn track where he learnt his trade in the UK.

Reflecting on the first leg, he said: “I changed bikes and it seemed to work a bit better but I still didn’t feel comfortable really. I had to ride the thing out of my skin to try and get anywhere.

“It’s just one of those tracks. I never have liked it and I’m happy it’s the last time I had to go there this season.

“We are gunning to bring this back. King’s Lynn haven’t done this before and won the league and it would be great for the club if we could do it.”

On top of losing Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen, Stars are also without his compatriot Michael Palm Toft, who suffered a broken wrist at Poole. Adam Ellis and Kyle Howarth step in as guests.

Nick Morris continues to cover for Pirates’ Brady Kurtz, who suffered a broken collarbone in the semi-final against Somerset.

 

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