The Lakeside Hammers are celebrating after reaching the Elite League Play Offs following results involving their rivals on Monday night.
The Essex based team have overcome season ending injuries to two of their star riders to battle through to the end of season deciders for the third time in the five year reign of Promoters Stuart Douglas and Jon Cook and it has already been confirmed that the Hammers will race the first leg at home next Monday, 19th September, with the second leg away seven days later. The Hammers opponents will be either the Poole Pirates or the Eastbourne Eagles with the table topping Poole , who beat the Hammers to the title in 2008, making their final decision within the next 24 hours.
Jon Cook commented after Monday evening’s matches stating: “We are absolutely delighted that a season’s hard work has seen us reach our goal and now we intend to be in it to win it as, fingers crossed, this is the first time we have reached this stage of the season with a full squad of riders to choose from, albeit with replacements for Adam Shields and Piotr Swiderski. In fact, as things stand, we actually have one too many riders and we will need to choose between Kauko Nieminen and Stuart Robson, which is a very nice dilemma to be in. Whoever we end up choosing we feel we can give it a real go and we can’t wait for Monday to come.”