Lakeside Hammers boss Pottinger proud of his side after emotional farewell
PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 September 2018
Lakeside Hammers team boss Will Pottinger admitted he was proud of his side on an emotional night for the club.
On their final night at Arena-Essex Raceway, the Hammers beat high-flying Glasgow 50-40 to take another giant stride towards the Championship Play-Offs.
But Pottinger was just delighted that his side coped with the occasion to still keep their league title hopes in tact.
He said: “It was a big night for the club, very emotional as you would expect. But I was proud of the way the boys handled it.
“It was a difficult night in the end. We lost Zach Wajtknecht in Heat 7 with a back injury after a bad crash.
“There was a big delay but the team kept their focus and always kept Glasgow at a safe distance with a decent lead.
“Nick Morris also had a big crash in Heat 15 but thankfully he walked away. We obviously hope Zach is OK but we’ll have to see how he is after a check at the hospital.
“It’s a very important home win and now we have to finish the job of making the Play-Offs at our new home of Rye House on Saturday night.”
Lakeside managed to just pull clear of the Tigers with a 5-1 in Heat after Chris Harris had gone through the tapes.
But visiting number one Craig Cook beat Richard Lawson in Heat six to narrow the gap to 20-16 and there was still only four points in it after heat nine.
However finally Hammers fans could begin to relax and enjoy the farewell night as Lawson and Ben Morley hit a 5-1 a race later to give themselves an eight-point cushion.
Another heat advantage from Adam Ellis and Alfie Bowtell in Heat 12 increased the lead to 10 points and that’s the way it remained.
Pottinger added: “It was a great farewell to 34 years at the Raceway. So many legends of the club were present, it was great to see such a great turnout of fans and ex-stars who have proudly worn the Hammers.”