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Cook: Hard test for Lakeside Hammers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 September 2017

Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

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Lakeside Hammers chief Jon Cook is under no illusions about the size of the task facing the team in their National League play-off semi-final.

Table-toppers Belle Vue visit the Arena-Essex Raceway on Friday (8pm) in the first leg after the Manchester outfit picked the Hammers.

And the return will take place at the National Stadium the following Friday, October 6 at 7.30pm.

Belle Vue include newly crowned National League Riders’ champion Dan Bewley and are a solid all-round team and Cook said: “It’s going to be tough and we will need the support of our fans to help us on Friday.

“They haven’t finished top by god fortune, they’ve done it over the course of the season and clearly they feel they will beat us.

“But we will be looking for a useful lead on Friday at the Raceway and we’ll need the fans to play their part. Every Hammers fan needs to come along and get behind us, even those who haven’t been regulars for National League racing.”

An update on team news will be issued in due course with Zach Wajtknecht still sidelined for the Hammers and doubts over Jack Smith for Belle Vue.

*Hammers duo Ben Morley and Alfie Bowtell missed out on a rostrum place in Sunday’s National League Riders’ Championship despite both enjoying solid afternoon’s at Leicester.

Morley totalled 11 while Bowtell racked up nine points without a race win next to his name.

The meeting was won by British start of the future Dan Bewley of Belle Vue Colts.

Result: Dan Bewley 15, Matt Williamson 13, Liam Carr 12, Tom Bacon 11, Ben Morley 11, Jordan Jenkins 10, Alfie Bowtell 9, Jon Armstrong 8, Josh Bailey 8, Luke Bowen 7, Adam Roynon 4, Ryan Terry-Daley 3, Tom Woolley 3, Luke Harris 3, Chris Widman 2, Conor Dwyer (res) 1, James Cockle 0.

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