Lakeside Hammers ‘looking to surprise’
15:04 20 September 2016
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Coach Tatum calls on riders to upset Aces
Lakeside Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum has called on his riders to cause a shock in the Elite League play-offs.
Hammers host Belle Vue in the first leg of their mouthwatering semi-final at the Arena-Essex Raceway tomorrow (Wednesday, 7.30pm), having seale their place with a 58-35 home win over Swindon in the last meeting of the regular season on Friday.
Tatum says he is proud that the Hammers made the Elite League top four, but he is now challenging them to ‘surprise one or two people’ when it matters most.
He said: “Naturally, to give ourselves the best opportunity possible, we need to make the most of our home advantage and build up as big a lead as we can ahead of Monday’s trip to the National Speedway Stadium.
“If you go on the ‘A’ fixtures, we would have actually won on aggregate and that shows we’re more than capable of being able to pull this off.
“It’s going to take a huge team effort over 30 races, but I think we’re in for a cracking semi-final tie.
“Hopefully our supporters turn out in big numbers and give the riders plenty of vocal support!”
The Hammers will operate rider replacement at number one for club captain Andreas Jonsson after finding their guest options limited by rider availability.
Belle Vue are at full strength and include Scott Nicholls and Craig Cook as well as Slovenian Grand Prix star Matej Zagar.
Teams, Hammers: Andreas Jonsson R/R, Lewis Bridger, Edward Kennett, Richard Lawson, Kim Nilsson, Ben Morley, Lewis Kerr.
Aces: Matej Zagar, Steve Worrall, Max Fricke, Scott Nicholls, Craig Cook, Richie Worrall, Joe Jacobs.