DANNY Ford admitted Pirates could look like a “vulnerable” target to their play-off rivals – and urged the reigning SGB Premiership champions to build momentum as the season reaches its climax.

Poole on Thursday suffered a bruising 49-41 defeat on home shale against Wolves.

The Dorset side tomorrow have an opportunity to bounce back and keep their push for top spot alive with a trip to King’s Lynn Stars (7.30pm).

With three meetings left, Pirates sit third and one point behind leaders Swindon.

Co-promoter Ford told the Daily Echo: “We probably look quite vulnerable after the meeting on Thursday with the defeat against Wolves and maybe we look like a good option to pick for whoever does finish top, if we don’t make it there.

“We want to finish the season strongly. Even if we don’t finish top, we want to build momentum and look a dangerous outfit going into the play-offs.”

Ford added: "It is going to be a tough ask now but we really want to finish at the top of the league.

"If we can nick some points at King's Lynn, we should be in a good position going into our final two home meetings."

Pirates are set to have their full one-to-seven available for a second consecutive meeting.

King's Lynn are yet to taste defeat in home league action this campaign but can no longer make the play-offs.

"King's Lynn's form at home this season has been absolutely fantastic," said Ford. "It is going to be a massive ask to go there and beating them at this stage of the season but they are not racing for anything now. "They are not able to make the play-offs and maybe they are looking to get their season over with and finish up with no injuries, so it could be our time to pounce and it would be brilliant if we could go there and claim some points."