BULLISH Matt Ford insisted struggling Pirates could revive their season and power into the SGB Premiership play-offs, arguing: “There is no weak link in this team.”

With Chris Holder having confirmed he will not race at Wimborne Road this year, bottom-of-the-table Poole press ahead with a tweaked side, starting with a clash against seventh-place King’s Lynn tomorrow (7.30pm).

Danish star Nicolai Klindt makes his seasonal debut in place of Paul Starke, meaning Kacper Woryna races at reserve on Poole shale for the first time.

And Ford feels his team has plenty of points-scoring power in all positions.

He told the Daily Echo: "With Chris and James Shanes coming out of the team picked during the winter, they have effectively been replaced by Richie and Nicolai.

"As odd as it sounds, we couldn't have had those two riders in the team from the start of the year because their averages would have been too high.

"While it isn't what I would have chosen to have done, the balance of the team looks very good now. I don't think there is a weak link in the team.

"Kacper and Mat Szczepaniak are probably better than any other reserve pairing in the league.

“Of course, it isn’t the last-chance saloon but we really do need results.

“We are only four points off the play-offs and nine points off the lead. With three points for a win, it doesn’t take long for things to change.

“I have every confidence this team will make the play-offs.”

Richie Worrall, initially signed on a short-term loan as cover for Holder, prepares for his fourth meeting in the skull and crossbones this season.

Ford is keeping his fingers crossed that the St Helens charger – who scored three points in Monday’s British final – will remain with Poole for the rest of the year.

But that course of action depends on the wishes Worrall’s parent club, Belle Vue.

Ford said: "There are a few guys who have been after Richie and I informed him I would like him to stay.

"He had been thinking about options but when I last spoke to him, he told me he was happy to stay.

"As it stands, that's the one to seven we progress with. We go into battle on Wednesday and I believe it's a solid team.

"There was an option that Belle Vue may have considered putting Richie back in because when I asked Mark Lemon if I could confirm Richie for the whole year, he asked me to hold fire because he was not sure.

“At this point in time, he is in the team unless Belle Vue come back and say different.”

Pirates: (from) Brady Kurtz, Linus Sundstrom, Josh Grajczonek, Nicolai Klindt, Richie Worrall, Mateusz Szczepaniak, Kacper Woryna.

King’s Lynn: (from) Niels-Kristian Iversen, Michael Palm Toft, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Robert Lambert, Simon Lambert (guest), Lewis Kerr.