Leicester will complete their final Elite League fixture of the season tomorrow when they take on the Poole Pirates at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. The Pirates are one of the most successful teams in the history of the competition and on their last visit to Leicester in August the result was in the balance right until the very last lap. It was a terrific performance from both sides and the Rapid Solicitors Lions achieved a draw after four fantastic laps by Jason Doyle who had to draw upon his track knowledge to overhaul Maciej Janowski on the run-in to the chequered flag.
“Poole have had a fantastic year again and despite being without Darcy Ward they are still a hard side to beat so we will have to be at the top of our game and I can see the match being as close as the last time they were here” commented the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.
Poole are missing their two injured riders Vaclav Milik and Przemyslaw Pawlicki therefore the Pirates have covered for their absences with two guest riders, Nick Morris and Dakota North.
With Leicester having dispensed with the services of Mads Korneliussen on Sunday, the captain’s armband has been passed to Simon Stead who fulfils the same role for his Premier League club.
Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Guest for Krzysztof Buczkowski, 3. Guest or rider replacement for Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Simon Stead, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg
Poole: 1. Guest or rider replacement for Darcy Ward, 2. Josh Grajczonek, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Dakota North, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Benji Compton and 7. Kyle Newman
Thanks go to Elizabeth Leslie for the photograph of the winners rostrum British Under-19 Championship
Leicester parted company with their team captain Mads Korneliussen yesterday. The Dane joined the Rapid Solicitors Lions from King’s Lynn in the winter and made twenty-eight appearances for the club. Korneliussen scored three points in his final match for Leicester against his former club at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Thursday and the Lions will cover for his absence in their last fixture of the season against the Poole Pirates with either a guest or rider replacement. The decision to sack Korneliussen stemmed from a crash he had in the home fixture against Swindon when he had to withdraw from the meeting following an injury resulting from a fall.
“Mads had to miss his last ride after that fall which was quite understandable and supported by the club. He then rode the next day for his Polish club, dropped out of our fixture on Monday at Belle Vue which meant that I had to cover for his absence with a Premier League guest. I was alerted to the fact that he then rode in Sweden on Tuesday and Denmark on Wednesday. It is never easy to part company with a rider especially when it is your captain who you look to set an example to the rest of the team but our good wishes go with Mads and I thank him for the part he has played at Leicester” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.
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