The Lakeside Hammers Management will spend Tuesday surveying the damage of last night’s defeat to Poole, their first home League setback of this season, before deciding on possible changes to the team line-up before Friday’s crucial home meeting with Play Off qualification rivals Peterborough.
Heat 13 was a classic 5-1 for the Hammers as Lee Richardson and Adam Shields but Holder showed why he heads the team that leads the league as they grabbed the key points in the final race.
During August the Hammers will be staging a total of five home League meetings plus they also have four away matches during the month. These regular race nights coincide with the school summer holidays and the Hammers Management will, once again, be introducing the ‘Kids for a Quid’ scheme for the Friday August meetings.
The Bees were well on the pace at Lakeside but in the end the difference was former Coventry man Stuart Robson, who claimed a brilliant 17-point haul from reserve for the home side.
This evening’s match against the Bees is one that the Hammers riders are determined to win as they need to consolidate on their third place in the League table and despite their opponents currently being down in eighth place in table the Bees side does have riders who have performed well around the Arena-Essex Raceway in the past.
Awarded the MBE, Briggo’s presence will be highly evocative for many attending the meeting. “Barry Briggs is a household name, and probably one of the most famous in the history of Speedway,” said Hammers owner, Stuart Douglas.
The England International aggravated his longstanding knee problem early in the meeting and has flown out to see a specialist in Poland to have a new brace fitted in the hope of returning to action quickly.
Normal admission prices will apply although members of the Armed Forces and their families will be given free admission to this meeting on production of valid services ID as part of Speedway’s support of Saturday’s Armed Forces Day.
Lakeside Hammers reserve, Stuart Robson, caused a few eyebrows to be raised last night with his superb performance in the British Final, which took place at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green track, when, after the 20 qualification heats, he claimed a place in the Semi Final ahead of more fancied British riders.
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.
A powerful early meeting showing from the Hammers allowed them to see off Eastbourne and prevent some former team mates from tasting victory on Lakeside shale.
The Hammers are looking to go into this meeting at full strength with reserve, Paul Hurry, hoping to return to the side following the injury he sustained in the home match against Poole resulting in him having to miss the last two home matches, against Wolverhampton and Peterborough.
Lakeside’s two best performers were Adam Shields (paid fourteen points) and Jonas Davidsson (thirteen points) and both featured in some of the best action of the evening, primarily when the lively Rory Schlein was in opposition. The new Peterborough signing was excellent value and passed Davidsson in heat three, inflicting the only defeat of the night on the Swede.
We need to keep the momentum going on Friday against the new look Peterborough team. They are looking to gain one of the four Play Off places come the end of the season and we are determined to maintain our second place in the table. The Panthers Management appear to have made a good choice for their guest as Scott Nicholls usually goes well around our Raceway.
The meeting was full of incident as both sides scrapped, particularly in the latter stages as Wolves tried to pull back the deficit. There were a number of spills and plenty of thrills as early as the opening race when Tyron Proctor sent race leader Lee Richardson crashing, earning an exclusion for this efforts.
Wolverhampton have already won at the Hammers Raceway this season in the Elite Shield and the Hammers will be looking for revenge, and the maximum three Elite League points that will be available.
LEE RICHARDSON RIDES FOR THE HAMMERS Lee Richardson will make his season’s debut for the Hammers tonight at Ipswich despite leaving the British Semi Final at King’s Lynn last night by ambulance. The England international suffered a foot injury in the crash and was fortunate not to suffer concussion in a crash which wrote off his […]
The Hammers took their first steps towards recovering from a horrible week results wise by turning the tables on Belle Vue mid way through this encounter.
“Obviously the defeat on Wednesday at Poole, even without a number one, is an embarrassment to everyone at the Club and we look to the riders to put that right this Friday as the Aces will be sensing we are there for the taking.”
The Lakeside Hammers are leading the way in enticing the next generation of Speedway fans, by confirming that they are re-structuring their admission prices for 16-18 year olds
The Lakeside Hammers are both proud and delighted to announce that, as a part of the Club’s community programme, Essex Air Ambulance will be the Club’s nominated regional charity for the 2010 season.