Spotlight on Lakeside Hammers

11:30 21 September 2016

All eyes will be on the Arena Essex Raceway as Lakeside Hammers battle against Belle Vue Aces (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

All eyes will be on the Arena Essex Raceway as Lakeside Hammers battle against Belle Vue Aces (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Club calls on sports fans to help bid

Lakeside Hammers bosses have issued a rallying cry to sports fans throughout the region ahead of their Elite League play-off semi-final first-leg clash with Belle Vue at the Arena-Essex Raceway tonight (7.30pm).

The Vortex Hammers, who finished bottom of the table last year, pinched fourth spot from Swindon after beating the Robins in their final regular league meeting last Friday and now face an Aces side who have moved into a new stadium and finished top of the league.

It’s a massive achievement by everyone at the club – and with a third visit of the season from Sky Sports to show the action live, the spotlight once again falls on Essex, with speedway at the heart of the sporting community throughout the county and hopefully will stay that way for years to come.

Mark Sexton, the club’s community liason manager, said: “We’ve had excellent feedback from the powers-that-be on the importance of speedway to Thurrock and the wider county.

“And to have the club back in the national shop window is huge for when the time comes to secure ourselves a permanent home of our own.”

Jon Cook’s side are aiming for a handy lead tonight to take into Monday’s second leg in Manchester with a place in the Grand Final just 30 races away.

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.

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