The Fulfilment Factory Monarchs make their bow in the 2003 Premier Knockout Cup this Friday when King's Lynn come to Armadale for the first time. The Stars have made an exceptional start, sitting at the top of the table.

Kings Lynn base their strength on an outstanding heat leader trio. The first, Shane Parker has not been to Armadale before but he visited Monarchs' previous venues, winning the 1996 Scottish Open Championship brilliantly at Shawfield, Monarchs' home for one year.

The second, Tomasz Topinka was an Edinburgh signing target in 2002 but was not allowed to drop to Premier League, eventually joining Coventry. He rode at Armadale for a Czech touring team in 2000 and included Peter Carr amongst his victims.

The third, Davey Watt has ridden in previous years for the Isle of Wight and Newcastle, and also rides for parent club Poole in the Elite League. He has made a superb start to the season.

The strength of their top three means that the remainder of their side is relatively inexperienced, but Trevor Harding and James Brundle (both 16) have been doing very well as reserves. Harding is an injury doubt after a crash at Rye House last Saturday.

Peter Carr, Frede Schott and company will need to be at the top of their form to build up a big enough lead to defend in Norfolk for the second leg and no doubt a repeat of last Friday's score line - the Monarchs thrashing Sheffield by thirty-four points - would be most welcome.