Thursday, December 8, 2022

Fixture Concern For Hammers Boss

Lakeside Hammers boss Jon Cook has called for better links between domestic clubs and international speedway associations.

Cook’s side have been left with just one meeting in four weeks after having to cancel Friday’s Belle Vue tie due to World Championship qualifiers.

He told BBC Essex: “Obviously there’s a lack of communication somewhere down the command line.

“We must look into that in the future and see what’s gone wrong.”

Hammers, much like other speedway teams, have opted not to organise fixtures that clash with football World Cup games, meaning June and July are sparse when it comes to on-track action.

“It’s an opportunity to draw breath and we must come back refreshed for the second half of the season
Lakeside team manager Jon Cook

Cook could have used facility riders to fulfil the Belle Vue meeting, with Lee Richardson, Kauko Nieminen and Jonas Davidsson all heading to the World Championship races, but decided against the move.

“The team is the one that has got us to where we are now, and we feel we want to keep that team in front of the fans,” he said.

“If we had decided to run with a team of guests then, quite rightly, some of the fans may have given us the cold shoulder.”

Lakeside are sitting second in the Elite League after a strong first half of the campaign, and could risk sacrificing their winning momentum.

“It’s definitely a concern, but we’re in no worse a situation than most clubs,” he said.

“But it’s an opportunity to draw breath and we must come back refreshed for the second half of the season.”

Meanwhile Hammers’ next meeting at home to Eastbourne on 25 June has been switched from a Knock Out Cup tie to an Elite League meeting.

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